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Friday, August 15, 2014

Fall 2014 Edition of IN TOUCH with KAREN ROSE SMITH

WHAT'S NEW???
Hi, all!  It's good to be back with news for fall.  When you read my AROUND THE HOUSE section, you'll realize I've been busy with something other than writing.  But I have been writing, too.

Isn't this just a great cover?  Hero, heroine and baby.  A MATCH MADE BY BABY, THE MOMMY CLUB, Book 2, will be released September 1, 2014.  My hero, an environmental geologist, finds there could be merit in planting roots instead of roaming the globe.  He finds himself unexpectedly tied down when his sister leaves her baby with him for an undetermined amount of time!  Mommy Club volunteer and pediatrician Kaitlyn Foster comes to the rescue.  But she and Adam had a brief romantic history a year ago.  What will happen when they come together again?



Just a reminder that my third mystery in the Caprice De Luca home staging mystery series will be released in February by Kensington Books.  GILT BY ASSOCIATION has a Valentine's Day theme.  Caprice De Luca's latest house staging is all about hearts, flowers, lace and chintz since Valentine's Day is around the corner.  She never expects her client to be murdered in the greenhouse the day of the open house. With her pup Lady by her side and her own love life in disarray, Caprice ferrets out clues from the victim's best friend, Caprice's mother, the housekeeper and a special male friend who insists his relationship with the victim was platonic.  However, as Caprice digs deeper, she finds the victim's past is felled with secrets that she kept from her husband for thirty years.The past isn't merely history.  The present isn't always what it seems.  When hearts are involved, passion even even murder aren't far behind.

 Isn't this the most adorable cover?  It's just perfect for this book.







Right now I'm plotting mystery # 5 for Caprice.  Soon I'll be writing book 4.  More about those books in the months to come.

Did you know I sold another mystery series?  DAISY SWANSON'S TEA GARDEN series will be released in 2017.  I know that's quite a wait.  But I think you'll enjoy the series.  It's set in nearby Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

AROUND THE HOUSE...
Usually this time of year, I show you what is blooming in our gardens.  But this year, I'm going to share with you what's growing in the house.  Kittens!!!  We took in a stray who was pregnant and she had three kittens.  We've named them and on their first visit to the vet, we'll find out if the names will stick and who is male and female, though we're pretty sure about two of them.  Here are Tiara, Mayzie, and Paddington!!!


They will be three weeks old this week.  Today was the first that they seemed to be playing with each other, tumbling and pawing.  They are so adorable and we are watching them grow before our eyes.  We are feeding Halo every two hours, a special diet that I cook each day, because she had some digestive issues from being malnourished and on her own for so long.  The kittens have doubled their weight so we know the nourishment is working.  These little cuties and their mom are time consuming but it has been a wonderful experience to nurture them.  I post a new picture every day on Facebook so my readers who interact on there can see how they are growing.  If you'd like to join in, just LIKE my KarenRoseSmithBooks Facebook page.



SPECIAL THIS MONTH!!!


This month the contest prize is a butterfly kitchen mitt and pot holder.  That way all winter you can have them in your kitchen and experience a bit of summer.  Use the button on the right to enter the contest.  Please only one entry per email address.  They are sorted.  The contest ends September 30, 2014 at midnight EST.  Winner will be notified by October 15 and will have to email me his or her snail mail address.  If winner does not respond by midnight October 30, 2014, a new winner will be drawn.  THE CONTEST IS OPEN TO US/CANADA WINNERS ONLY.  

Good luck!  

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 Karen's Mystery Website

©2014 Karen Rose Smith






Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Spring 2014 Edition of IN TOUCH with KAREN ROSE SMITH


WHAT'S NEW???

So much is new.  June is launch month for my second Caprice De Luca home staging mystery, DEADLY DECOR.  To celebrate, you're invited to a launch party--a GARDEN PARTY--on June 3 from 7-10 p.m. EST on my Facebook author page.  Check it out here and "like" it to join in the giveaways and fun before the party and after.


We'll be celebrating with trivia questions and 18 prizes! So come and join in the camaraderie and excitement.

DEADLY DECOR continues Caprice's penchant for nosing into murder investigations. But she has good reason this time because her sister and brother-in-law are suspects!  More dogs and cats and cooking, too.

In June, I'll be signing DEADLY DECOR at  these locations:

JUNE 7, Books-A-Million, North Hanover Mall, 1155 Carlisle Street, Hanover, PA, 1-3 p.m.

JUNE 14, Irvin's Books, 2559 White Street, York, PA, 12-2 p.m. 





Next on the list is a BOOK AND $100 Amazon GIFT Card Giveaway I'm participating in with nine other authors.  All of us are giving away ebooks from June 1-10.  And then on June 11, a name will be picked (by Rafflecopter) for the $100 gift card.  All this will also happen from my Facebook Author page. 

From romance to romantic suspense to mystery.


I have a title and release date for book 3 of my Caprice series, too.  GILT BY ASSOCIATION will be released in February 2015. This mystery has a Valentine's Day theme. Caprice is still considering her romantic interests--Seth and Grant.  But will she choose one or the other?  

I'm busily working on book 4 of the Caprice series.  Twists and more turns, danger and a touch of romance.

Speaking of romance, the second book in my Mommy Club series for Harlequin Special Edition, A MATCH MADE BY BABY,  is scheduled for September 2014.

AROUND THE HOUSE...

Spring and summer are my favorite seasons.  I started geraniums and heirloom tomatoes from seed and they're growing taller and stronger.  In the meantime, I'm planting planters for our patio.  We put up a new fence to create a cozy corner.  I can work there in the shade in the mornings.  It's a place where I can relax and renew, too. 
Our cats watch everything with interest, especially the birds outside the open windows.  I can't believe it will be two years in June since we found Zoie under the gnarled redbud tree.






SPECIAL THIS MONTH!!!



The prize this month is a sparkling Hello Kitty key ring and a print copy of  STAGED TO DEATH.



Use the button on the right to enter the contest.  Please only one entry per email address.  They are sorted.  The contest ends June 15, 2014 at midnight EST.  Winner will be notified by June 30 and will have to email me his or her snail mail address.  If winner does not respond by midnight July 7, 2014, a new winner will be drawn.  THE CONTEST IS OPEN TO US/CANADA WINNERS ONLY.  

Good luck!  

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 Karen's Mystery Website

©2014 Karen Rose Smith





Sunday, January 12, 2014

Winter 2014 Edition of IN TOUCH with Karen Rose Smith


 WHAT'S NEW??????

Welcome to my winter edition of In Touch!  The holidays passed so quickly and Valentine's Day is a another holiday I enjoy to the fullest.  I thought ALWAYS DEVOTED would be a good novel to feature this month.  Do you still like to hold a print book in your hands?  I'm working on developing all of the SEARCH FOR LOVE books (7 books) in my series into print.  Just check on Amazon for ebooks, print and audiobooks.


Speaking of audiobooks, I hope to have HEARTFIRE in production this spring and available by summer.

I've received emails asking me about the sequel to HER SISTER, Beth's story which will be book 8 in the SEARCH FOR LOVE series. I do have it plotted! I'd like to start writing it soon.  Stay tuned and I'll let you know when I do.



The launch for STAGED TO DEATH, my first Caprice De Luca home staging mystery, went extremely well.  The book even made #43 on the Barnes & Noble Bestseller list!  My Facebook friends and readers had a terrific three hour launch party at the beginning of December with  giveaways, recipes, trivia and lots of photos. I'll be planning another event for my second mystery DEADLY DECOR which will be released in June.  If you're on Facebook, "friend" me and I'll be glad to invite you to the party.

If you've read STAGED TO DEATH, you realize Caprice's sister Bella has a few problems!  They come to a crisis in DEADLY DECOR.  Caprice's large Italian family is a huge part of this mystery series as are the stray animals she takes in and finds homes for.  This series is a challenging lark for me.   Reviews are welcome on both Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Goodreads.


My focus right now is on editing the third mystery which will be released February 2015.  It has a Valentine's Day theme!

My next romance in THE MOMMY CLUB series for Harlequin Special Edition will be available in September.

I'll be attending a special Valentine's even this year at Ashcombe Nursery in Mechanicsburg, PA.  I will be joining other authors and signing books from 12-2 p.m.  If you live nearby, come join us.

AROUND THE HOUSE...

Our landscape has been snow-covered on and off since early December.  It can be beautiful!

Both of these photos were taken of the fields, trees and barn to the
 rear of our property.







As many of you know, we have three inside cats.  Ebbie, Zoie and London keep us company daily and always have a purr or a nudge.  Ebbie particularly likes a new electric blanket.  London likes sleeping in the sun.  Zoie is just nearby wherever we are!



We also still feed feral and stray cats.  We have a motley crew of about four or five who come and go.  Arthur, Galahad and Percival are regulars. We haven't named this pretty calico.  And Romeo arrives when the spirit moves him. 
Romeo
Arthur
Percival
Winter sometimes seems really dreary, so I start planting for spring.  This year, I planted geranium seeds in violet and pink and white.  Hopefully by next issue, they will be plants!!!





SPECIAL THIS MONTH!!!



The prize this month is a heart charm bracelet and a print copy of ALWAYS DEVOTED.

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 22, 2014, a new winner will be drawn.  THE CONTEST IS OPEN TO US/CANADA WINNERS ONLY.  

Good luck!  

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 Karen's Mystery Website

©2014 Karen Rose Smith