Jasmine Release

USA Today Best-Selling Author Kirsten Osbourne Brings You 

The Suitors of Seattle  #5:

Jasmine 

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 Take a girl with a flower name and add in a sweet widower, twin boys, a pet pig and what do you get? A fun-filled romance sure to delight any lover of historical romance. The fifth of the Sullivan girls , Jasmine stays with her sister Daisy to help her while she’s pregnant and for a time after her sweet niece Dinah is born. While she’s there, she catches the eye of widower, Lee Fields, who has his hands full with the most rambunctious twin boys Jasmine has ever had the fortune to meet. She’s certain he’s the man she needs to fulfill all her dreams, and the boys? They’re just icing on the cake. How could anyone complain about such sweet little things? Of course, she only felt that way until they started playing the type of pranks on her she’d always considered her specialty. Could she fight through the nonsense to find love with her new husband? Or had she made a terrible mistake marrying this man?

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About The Author:

Kirsten Osbourne hails from the state of Wisconsin, but has lived in Texas for almost thirty years.  She is a mother, a writer, and a wife.  Married to the love of her life for fifteen years, she knows that true love exists and wants to share her vision of love with the world.  Writing is something she has always loved and plans on doing for a long time into the future. As Kirsten Osbourne, she writes contemporary romance as well as historical.  As Morganna Mayfair, she ventures into the realm of paranormal romance.  She invites you to join her in her world of fantasy and make believe where there is always a happily ever after at the end.

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Visit Kirsten at here

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THE BOOKS THAT STARTED IT ALL

Book One SOSRose is the first book in the series Suitors of Seattle, following the adventures of eight Western daughters ready to benefit from the matchmaking skills of her new Aunt Harriett, whom readers will recognize from the best selling Brides of Beckham series.

Pampered socialite Rose is used to men falling at her feet. But her match with handsome Dr. Shawn Henry leaves her feeling less than adored. Has Rose fallen in love with a man who can’t love her back?

 Praise For Kirsten Osbourne

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[su_quote]”A good heartwarming read”[/su_quote]

[su_quote]”What an interesting book this was, it showed courage beyond belief, I could have pictured my self doing just what this woman did”[/su_quote]

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[su_quote]”I love series books that introduce you to all the characters and then each book takes you on a journey to meet each one in depth but not forgetting to continue story lines on the other characters in the background. Lilly was a enjoyable read and yet I was able to continue to get to know Rose and the rest of the family a little more. Looking forward to the next sister’s story”[/su_quote]

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Debra Parmley

Have you met Debra Parmley? Well now’s your chance. Get to know this dynamic author and poet as she sits down to chat with Gliterary Girl Media.

Debra ParmleyBorn in Columbus, Ohio and raised in Springfield, OH,  Debra has lived in the Memphis, TN area since 1997. She attended Marywood University in Scranton, PA and was the first student to win first place in two categories of the Delta Epsilon Sigma Beta Epsilon Chapter writing competition, in creative prose and in informal expository. Her poetry was published in literary journals while attending college.  She holds a BA in English Literature. Debra has traveled extensively and her first short story, published in the anthology More Monsters From Memphis, was a finalist in the Darrell Awards for best Mid-South short story. Her first novel, A Desperate Journey, a western historical romance, was a finalist in the Bobbi Smith Creative Writing Challenge. When not writing, Debra enjoys dancing, primitive archery and medieval reenactment, yoga and traveling. For Debra, writing is about joy. The joy of creation and the joy of connecting with her readers. It is one of her greatest pleasures to hear from her readers.

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Gliterary Girl wanted to get you details

GG:When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Debra: When I was in elementary school I can remember telling my best friend that maybe I would write a book some day.

GG: Were books a big part of your life growing up? If so, what books would you say influenced you most as a child?

Debra: Growing up I was surrounded by books and there was always someone to read to me. Grandparents, parents. I was a lucky child to be read to so much. I have a very worn out copy of Favorite Poems Old And New Selected for boys and girls by Helen Ferris, Doubleday 1957 that my grandmother read to me. There are over five hundred poems in that volume, many of which are story poems. When I was old enough to read, I devoured books. All the Nancy Drew series, Anne of Green Gables, folk tales and fairy tales such as Hans Christian Anderson and Grimms. All influenced me as a child and many more.

GG: What drew you to write a 1920’s romance revolving around Al Capone and his gang visitng Hot Springs, AR?

Debra: It was a visit to Hot Springs several years ago when we stayed in the Arlington Hotel where Al Capone used to stay. He would rent the whole fourth floor. Hot Springs was a town where gangsters would go on vacation, lay their guns down and party while making back room deals. It’s a fascinating slice of 1920’s life and visiting there today you can imagine yourself back in that time because so much has been preserved. You can take the hot baths at the Arlington in the same setting they once did. The story people just came to me out of the blue while enjoying one of those baths, the first time I visited and they waited patiently (or sometimes not so patiently) until I was able to write their story in Trapping the Butterfly.

GG: Of all your characters, who’s your favorite, and why?

Debra: Bethany, from Trapping the Butterfly, is my favorite so far because she is my youngest, seventeen turning eighteen and wanting to spread her wings into the world and to be more independent.

GG:What about your books? Do you have a favorite? What about it do you love?

Debra: Trapping the Butterfly is my favorite of all my published books because it is set in the 1920’s and has flappers and gangsters and the fashions and dances of that time period. It’s a time period I always wanted to write in and Hot Springs AR is a wonderful place to visit and take the hot baths.  It really is like stepping back in time.

GG:Is there anything you’d like to pass on to your readers?

Debra: That I love hearing from them. It means a lot to me when one of my readers takes the time to write me or to write a review or even give a rating to one of my books. There are so many things to spend our time on, I feel honored when a reader shares their valuable time to respond to one of my stories.

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Books

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Bethany is celebrating her eighteenth birthday in Hot Springs. If her aunt and uncle have their way she will return engaged. Her life has been controlled, from the clothes she wears to the food she eats. But she plans to cut off her long hair like other girls and to fly free.

Paul chased butterflies when he was young. Now he chases gangsters. Bethany captures his interest like a butterfly. But two other men have determined to catch her and one is a dangerous gangster. Will she exit her cocoon, find strength and fly free or be trapped? 

Praise For Trapping the Butterfly

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Dangerous TiesLillian Hayes’ fiance, Thomas Shelton, convinced the townsfolk to exchange their gold for his worthless bank notes. After he disappears with the gold, every eye turns to Lillian for answers. Even her cousin Carl insists she knows where the gold is. He is desperate to find it because he is deeply indebted to Kingston, small town criminal and owner of the local saloon. Carl will do anything to clear his debt; even torture Lillian for answers. Nick Brace is driving a herd of horses to town when he stumbles across Lillian, branded, strung up over a mineshaft, and left to die. He saves her, tends to her wounds, and teaches her to shoot to protect herself. But the danger isn’t past. When Nick’s horse-trading deal with Kingston goes bad, Lillian races to be the one to savehim this time.

 

Praise For Dangerous Ties

[su_quote]Thoroughly enjoyed it!! A great read. I could not put it down. Looking forward to reading the next Debra Parmley book![/su_quote]

[su_quote]I started this book, intending to read it over the course of a long vacation weekend. I got into it, and spent the enitre night reading it all the way through![/su_quote]

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Release of Blissful Tragedy

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The day has finally arrived!

Author Amy L. Gale’s debut novel Blissful Tragedy is now available

BlissfulTragedy[1]Ambitious 22-year-old Lexie Waters is intent on taking the advertising world by storm.  When she’s offered the soon to be open position she’s been vying for at a swanky advertising agency, there’s only one last summer separating her from dreams of corporate success.  Still bitter from catching her boyfriend cheating, she heads out for a night of fun to see her favorite band, Devil’s Garden, but fun turns into utter embarrassment when she insults the enticingly confident lead singer, Van Sinclair.  Van is intrigued by Lexie’s ability to resist his charm and secretly obtains her cell number.  Shocked but eager to get to know this captivating rocker, Lexie accepts Van’s invitation to see his next show, which requires an overnight stay.  The overwhelming feelings that follow take them both by surprise, and with two months left before starting her sought after new position, Lexie joins the tour. As she’s catapulted into the world of groupies and wild parties, she questions Van’s commitment to her. So what happens at summer’s end when time runs out?

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Praise For Blissful Tragedy

[su_quote]Blissful Tragedy is a must read! Once I picked it up I didn’t put it down until I turned the final page! [/su_quote]    – Kelly (Amazon) 

[su_quote]Fun, flirty, and witty! A must read! I cannot wait to see what other pieces come from Author Amy Gale![/su_quote]    – Rachel (Amazon)  

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Romance author by night, pharmacist by day, Amy Gale loves rock music and the feel of sand between her toes.  She attended Wilkes University where she graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. In addition to writing, she enjoys baking, scary movies, rock concerts, and reading books at the beach.  She lives in the lush forest of Northeastern Pennsylvania with her husband, six cats, and golden retriever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Get to know Amy better

GG: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Amy: I realized I wanted to be a writer when my mother began working at our local book factory. When the company had book sales, she’d buy many books in a variety of genres. I remember reading some stories and being disappointed with the ending or the choices the characters were making. I wanted to write a story that left me satisfied, so I began to write.

 GG: What drew you to write Lexie and Van’s story?

Amy: I’ve always loved rock music. The scream of an electric guitar and the strong vibrations of a powerful voice create a life altering experience for me. I wanted to incorporate my passion for music and love of romance into my novel. Lexie and Van are in their early twenties, which is a great time in life. Old enough to enjoy life’s pleasures but young enough to keep the carefree attitude.  

GG: Who encouraged you or what made you decide to publish?

Amy: When the new adult genre became popular, my friends and I decided we should start a book club. We read a few college romances and then discussed the novel over dinner. Soon, we ran out novels. Since I have so many stories in my head, I decided to write one down so we’d have another topic for book club. They both loved the story and encouraged me to try and submit it for publication. I sent it to my friend of over twenty years, who I knew would give me her honest opinion. She loved it as well, and edited the whole manuscript for me. A mentor I have suggested I join the RWA, join a local chapter, and submit to contest for feedback. After taking her advice and editing and re-editing for around a year, I was ready to submit my manuscript. Roughly four weeks later, I was offered a contract from 5 Prince Publishing.

 GG: Of all your characters, who’s your favorite, and why?

Amy: Lexie Waters is my favorite character because she’s a different version of myself. I incorporated aspects of my personality as well as character traits I wish I had. She’s a strong, independent woman who knows what she wants and goes after it, but she’s brought to her knees by love. 

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Boyce Spotlight

Love Fantasy?

Award Winning Author S.M.Boyce has a treat for you. The first book in her Grimoire Saga, Lichgates is FREE for a limited time

 

1 -LichgatesABOUT LICHGATES (Grimoire Saga#1)

Kara Magari is about to discover a beautiful world full of terrifying things—Ourea.

Kara, a college student still reeling from her mother’s recent death, has no idea the hidden world of Ourea even exists until a freak storm traps her in a sunken library. With no way out, she opens an ancient book of magic called the Grimoire and unwittingly becomes its master, which means Kara now wields the cursed book’s untamed power. Discovered by Ourea’s royalty, she becomes an unwilling pawn in a generations-old conflict—a war intensified by her arrival. In this world of chilling creatures and betrayal, Kara shouldn’t trust anyone… but she’s being hunted and can’t survive on her own. She drops her guard when Braeden, a native soldier with a dark secret, vows to keep her safe. And though she doesn’t know it, her growing attraction to him may just be her undoing.

For twelve years, Braeden Drakonin has lived a lie. The Grimoire is his one chance at redemption, and it lands in his lap when Kara Magari comes into his life. Though he begins to care for this human girl, there is something he wants more. He wants the Grimoire.

Welcome to Ourea, where only the cunning survive.

 

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2 - TreasonTREASON (GRIMOIRE SAGA #2)

Kara Magari ignited a war when she stumbled into Ourea and found the Grimoire: a powerful artifact filled with secrets. To protect the one person she has left, she strikes a deal that goes against everything she believes in. But things don’t go as planned.

Braeden Drakonin can no longer run from who—and what—he is. He has to face the facts. He’s a prince. He’s a murderer. He’s a wanted man. And after a betrayal that leaves him heartbroken, he’s out for blood.

To survive, both Kara and Braeden must become the evil each has grown to hate.

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3 - HeritageHERITAGE (GRIMOIRE SAGA #3)

  • Release date November 5, 2013

Kara Magari isn’t normal, even by Ourea’s standards—and in a world of shape-shifters and soul stealers, that’s saying something. To the royalty, she’s a loose cannon. To the masses, she’s a failure. But Kara’s arrival in Ourea started a war, and she’s going to end it.

An ancient isen named Stone takes an interest in Kara’s training, and it turns out he has more answers than he originally led her to believe. In an effort to unearth a secret that might end the bloodshed, Kara instead discovers an ugly truth about her family—and how much she has in common with an infamous mass-murderer.

Braeden Drakonin has slowly rebuilt his life after the betrayal that tore it apart. His father wants him dead, and frankly, his so-called allies wouldn’t mind that either. Private alliances are formed. Secrets are sold. Tension is driving the armies apart. A single battle will end this war, and it’s coming. Braeden may be a prince, but it will take more than that to survive. He must take the fight to his father’s door—and win.

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!BoyceAbout S.M. Boyce

International Amazon Bestseller. Fantasy Author. Twitter addict. Book Blogger. Geek. Sarcastic. Gooey. Odd. Author of the action-packed Grimoire Saga.

S.M. Boyce is a novelist who loves ghosts, magic, and spooky things. She prefers loose-leaf tea, reads far too many books, and is always cold. She’s married to her soul mate and couldn’t be happier. Her B.A. in Creative Writing qualifies her to serve you french fries.

Boyce likes to update her blog a few times each week so that you have something to wake you up in the morning.

Want to know even MORE? Gliterary Girl got you the info:

GG:Were books a big part of your life growing up? If so, what books would you say influenced you most as a child?

Boyce: Yes! My mother and father read to me a lot as a child, and when I was old enough, I read to them instead. One time when I was really little, I “read” Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss. I didn’t actually read it, though; I’d just memorized the book and wanted to show Mom how “smart” I was by reading it to her. She saw right through me when I was “reading” words off the wrong pages. Haha!After that, we would sometimes sit around as a family and read aloud a book at night. Regardless, I was always reading and exploring new worlds, even if it was in my own head.

 GG:When and why did you begin writing?

Boyce: I began writing when I was about 5. I wrote & illustrated a short story book about a lonely pickle, the last in her jar, and submitted it to some contest. It was a pretty morbid story, looking back, and I’m happy to say I’ve improved as a storyteller since then. You can actually read more about the tale in a blog post I did on the subject of author origin stories.

 GG:Who encouraged you or what made you decide to write a novel and seek publication?

Boyce:I’ve always been an avid reader. When I read, I get to experience life in an entirely new way, through the eyes of a stranger I come to admire or love over time. It’s a thrill ride. And I devour fantasy because I love to daydream about worlds where the “impossible” is real. Authors like Neil Gaiman, JK Rowling, Tolkien, and more all led me to become a novelist. It was a natural transition from bookworm to author, really, and now I have to write every day or I get all kooky.

Publication is merely a means of sharing the stories I develop—there’s nothing else in the world like meeting a reader who loved my novels. It’s surreal and beautiful to hear a bookworm say my work inspired them. It makes me glow inside with an all-around happiness. I have a reverence for my fans.

 GG: What drew you to write Fantasy revolving around Ourea, the hidden world in the Grimoire Saga?

Boyce:Ourea is a fun adventure into exploring our Earth. So much of the magical world is inspired by real people and places. If you want to see some examples of the images and locations that inspired me to write the Grimoire Saga, check out my Pinterest boards: My Swipes, Character Inspiration, and Creature Inspiration.

 GG: Do we “see” some of you in your characters?

Boyce:I think every author writes elements of him- or herself into a novel’s characters. The trick is to find a balance between relatable and letting each character become a unique person.

  GG: Of all your characters, who’s your favorite, and why?

Boyce:It’s hard to pick a favorite child, but if you’re making me… I think I like Deidre best of the characters in the Grimoire Saga. Mind, that’s by a slim margin. But her backstory is heartbreaking, and you’ll get to see it in the upcoming Ourean Chronicles—a spinoff series that details the backstories of pivotal side characters in the core Grimoire Saga. Deidre in particular is fascinating because she is a study in how grief can go wrong if the victim loses herself to her pain. She’s selfish and arrogant, but driven by revenge and a lost love. Her character is rich and complex. And let’s be honest—we all love a good villain.

 GG: What are two things people might be surprised to know about you?

Boyce: I wire wrap gemstones as a hobby and love watching ghost shows like Ghost Adventures.

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Winter Nights Scavenger Hunt!

WELCOME FRIENDS!!!

It’s winter still, but valentines day is just around the corner and that means that love is in the air! Here at Gliterary Girl Media, most of us (actually all of us) have significant others and we couldn’t decide on one thing we could tell you about our big day. So instead, we are sharing a great poem of love.

I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You

– by Pablo Neruda
I do not love you except because I love you;
I go from loving to not loving you,
From waiting to not waiting for you
My heart moves from cold to fire.I love you only because it’s you the one I love;
I hate you deeply, and hating you
Bend to you, and the measure of my changing love for you
Is that I do not see you but love you blindly.Maybe January light will consume
My heart with its cruel
Ray, stealing my key to true calm.In this part of the story I am the one who
Dies, the only one, and I will die of love because I love you,
Because I love you, Love, in fire and blood.

Source: I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You By Pablo Neruda, Famous Love Poem http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/i-do-not-love-you-except-because-i-love-you-by-pablo-neruda#ixzz2sr4PBmJd

This is our first ever scavenger hunt and we are really excited about it. So here’s how it works…

1) Below are 5 items. Those photos are placed on 5 random blogs that have taken part in this event.

2) Click on the blogs listed below and see if one of the 5 images is in that blog’s post.

3) If you find an image, write down the name of the blog because you will need it for the grand prize.

4) Find all 5 items and go back to the Grand Prize giveaway rafflecopter (found here Gliterary Girl), enter the names of the blogs where the pictures were posted and get 10 extra entries.

5) If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to send us an email or leave a comment below.

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  1. Cute White Puppy in a Cup
  2. Leaves with the word LOVE cut into them
  3. Dish of Colorful Candies
  4. A Pencil with a note that says “You Make My Heart Glow
  5. Heart shaped pocket watch hanging in the trees.

TO SEE PHOTOS OF WHAT THESE IMAGES LOOK LIKE, GO TO THE MAIN PAGE FOUND HERE: Gliterary Girl 

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Interview with Author Chris Karlsen

Who is Author Chris Karlsen?

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She was born and raised in Chicago. Her father was a history professor and her mother was, and is, a voracious reader. She grew up with a love of history and books. Her parents also love traveling, a passion they passed onto her. She wanted to see the places she read about, see the land and monuments from the time periods that fascinated her. She’s had the good fortune to travel extensively throughout Europe, the Near East, and North Africa. She is also a retired police detective who spent twenty-five years in law enforcement with two different agencies. Her desire to write came in her early teens. After she retired, she decided to pursue that dream. She writes two different series. Her paranormal romance series is called, Knights in Time. Her romantic thriller series is, Dangerous Waters. She currently live in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, four rescue dogs and a rescue horse.

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Get To Know and Love Chris Karlsen:

GG: Who is the fabulous Chris Karlsen?

Karlsen:  I worked as a cop for 25 years. I started with Chicago P.D when women were first hired to work patrol in the mid 1970’s. The order came from the Federal Courts so you can imagine how male officers felt about us. Overcoming the resentment obstacles was difficult to say the least. After three years there, I went to Southern California agency.  *Just to clarify, law enforcement wasn’t my career goal job but one of the few jobs in those days that paid the same for women as men doing the same work. I’m often asked about becoming a famous writer and is that my goal.  The agency I worked for brought me in contact with many folks in the entertainment industry.  Fame is overrated IMO. The financial gain is the upside to me, but the expectation level for all you do is pressure I wouldn’t care to deal with. I’ve seen it change a lot of people and not always in a good way. I have a decent pension, a good life, a happy marriage. What we can’t afford, we save for. That’s the way I grew up and I don’t feel bad because instant gratification isn’t ours to have. Fame isn’t in the equation.

GG: What is writing about for you? Why did you decide to go that route? You’re indie published, do you love it?

Karlsen: For several years, I tried to get “traditional” publishers interested in a couple of my stories. Then I hit an age where I decided to stop beating me head against the NY wall. I just wanted to get my books out there and hoped they’d find an audience who enjoyed the stories. My good friend started a small, indie publishing company. She read two of my books and asked if I’d be willing to give her company a chance to put them out. I said yes and haven’t looked back. She gives me a lot of say in my covers, my trailers and the overall handling of my books. Freedom I doubt I’d have with a NY publisher. The trade-off was limited exposure compared to what I might receive with Avon or Random House etc. I also don’t have editors breathing down my neck with deadlines or requests to write stories they want to market but I might not want to write. I’m a slow writer. I don’t need the aggravation and pressure.

 GG: What is your dream for your work?

Karlsen: If I have one dream, a big dream for my career, it would be for Hollywood to take an interest in one of my series. I’d love to see a movie of the week or television series of the books. What fun. THAT would have me crowing like a peacock.

GG:  You grew up being immersed in History and History is very prominent in your work.  Could you tell me a little bit about how that process works for you, how you pick and choose what to use and what not to?

Karlsen: I like to build a story around events, concepts, or persons who interest me, most often historical in nature. Or, if a single event is not the basis then I put the characters in a timeframe that intrigues me. I grew up loving medieval English history so I use the Battle of Poitiers (one of the greatest victories in English history) as the focal or start point for three of my stories. Involved in that battle was a true example of knighthood at its best (at least I choose to think so), The Black Prince, or as he was known to the court: Edward of Woodstock. He was the oldest son of Edward the Third and said to be brilliant on the battlefield, charming and intelligent off. He died of dysentery before inheriting the throne. I’ve often wondered how things might’ve been different had he been able to succeed his father. I made the prince a friend of my heroes.

GG:  History is just one of themes of your work; you seem to have a lot of varied interests.  How have some of your other interests made their way into your work?

Karlsen:  My books from my romantic thriller series center around nautical archaeology, which I find fascinating. If I could go back in time to my college days, I just might choose to follow that path rather than take the safe one and get a business degree. I am particularly taken with the Trojan War and how it has been presented throughout history. I had a different spin and used my controversial ideas as the basis for one of my heroine’s theories.

GG:  WE love all you have released thus far but we’re anxious for more … could I get you to spill a little about what you’re working on now?

Karlsen:  Well currently, I have begun what I hope will be a new series. It is set in Victorian England and the protagonist is an Inspector with London Metropolitan Police. This is not a romance series so I am taking a chance that readers of my other series will be accepting of my crossing over into the historical-suspense/mystery genre. *AND, no he does not get involved in the Jack the Ripper murders. I’ll leave that to Ripperologists.

GG:  Historical novels are some of my favs.  Yours have a unique spin that makes them even more entertaining.  Where did the ideas for those special elements come from?

Karlsen:  I assume we’re talking about the time traveling  … Time travel and reincarnation were common topics of conversation at the dinner table when I grew up. My parents liked to discuss the various pros and cons. As a result, I developed a healthy interest in the possibilities and used both in my paranormal romance series.  

GG:  We all know that part of the drive to write comes from the love of reading.  Do you have any favorites?  Authors that you’d wait in line for at midnight just have a new release?

Karlsen: Oh my, don’t we all.  I think I’m going to have to break this down into a bit of a list though, seeing as how picking just one cannot be done. Let me start with Historical,  Bernard Cornwell is my fav  historical fiction writer. I read everything he does. He writes the best battle scenes. I read a ton of research for my books so when I wrote my battle scenes, I dissected Cornwell’s and also read and reread the actual accounts and used the combo to put my spin on the event. 

Because I am a big romance fan and love the books that include humor, Some of my fave authors who do write some pretty funny romances are: Julia Quinn, Julie Anne Long, Deanna Raybourn, Julie Garwood, and occasionally Rachel Gibson. In the 80’s an English author, Jilly Cooper had a great series with tons of humor that involved competitive showjumping and polo players. She drifted away from what first attracted me and I haven’t read her in a long time. And last but definitely not least Lord Of The Rings is a longtime fave which is as good on the reread as the first read. The Lions of Al-Rassan, by Guy Gavriel Kay is in my top 2 books. The characterization of the two male protagonists is remarkable. You read the story knowing they must face off eventually and one will die and it is gut wrenching knowledge. I didn’t put it number 1 as I wasn’t overly fond of the female protagonist.

GG: So you read and write historical fiction as well as romance, what is it that draws you to the romance genre?

Karlsen: Well, I can’t say that I’m a huge fan of erotica ( so I don’t think that’s as genre I would venture into)  BUT  I do enjoy a well written sex scene. Julie Anne Long does wonderful ones. Whenever I’ve written one I wonder if mine are as sensuous and well-crafted as hers.

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Ready for battle, Medieval English knight, Stephen Palmer, charges into the French enemy’s cavalry line. Heeding a warning given months before, he hesitates as he comes face-to-face with the knight in the warning. Struck down in the year 1356, he finds himself landing in the year 2013. Grievously wounded, he’s taken to a nearby hospital. Confused by the new world surrounding him, he attempts to convince the staff he’s from another time, only to find they think him mad. Rescued by friends, who, to his surprise, have also come through time, he must find a way to function in this odd modern England. He is quickly enchanted by the kind Esme Crippen, the young woman hired to tutor him. She too is enchanted by him. Tempted to deepen the relationship, she hesitates thinking him adorable, but mad. He must discover the means for getting her to believe the truth, all the while, unknown to him, he didn’t come forward in time alone. The enemy knight has also traveled to 2013. French noble, Roger Marchand, doesn’t question why the English knight who charged him hesitated. That fraction of a pause gave him the advantage needed and he brought his sword down upon the Englishman’s helmet hard, unhorsing the knight. He moved to finish the Englishman off when the world changed in a rush of sensations as he is ripped through time. Seeking a reason for the terrible event, he enters a nearby chapel. There, thinking God has chosen him for a quest to turn French defeat that day in 1356 to victory, he sets out to find the English knight. The man he is convinced holds the key to time. If he returns to the day of the battle, he can warn his king of mistakes that snatched victory from them.  

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