Please welcome Karin Tabke as our guest blogger. Karin was honored by the Pros at RWA National in San Francisco. What a mentor she has been!
Thank you Pink Fuzzy goils for inviting me to hang out today! I have a signed copy of SKIN for a lucky commenter to be picked at the end of the day!
Why do you write?
It completes me. Simple but true.
How do you write?
I sit my ass in the chair and put my fingers to the keyboard, close my eyes, conjure up my characters and their passion for one another in my imagination, take a big deep breath, and let my mind play out in the form of words.
What is a common theme in your stories?
Love, baby. Passionate, heart-stopping, no-holds-barred love! I love the queasy feeling in my belly when my hero and heroine meet for the first time. Then the first touch followed by that oh so passionate first kiss. The sensation of passion, of wanting something so badly it takes over our every waking thought, our every movement, our every breath we take. Yeah, that’s why I write romance.
Do you write what you know?
Yep. My love affair with my husband has lasted more than 25 years. We’ve had our share of roller coaster rides and we’re still together after all of these years. He is as much a part of me as my heart and soul. We laugh, we cry, we fight, we make up, and we live each day with passion. Our children live the same way.
What about your hot cops?
☺ I love those guys! Talk about writing what I know! Hubby was a cop for a lot of years before he retired due to an injury. He has been my go-to guy, my cop thesaurus, cop dictionary, cop Encyclopedia Brittanica and my cop wikipedia all wrapped up into one. I could not have written the hot cops books without his experience, and having lived that life for so many years it kind of rubbed off on me, too. I’m always amazed when someone says, “Cops don’t do that!” Au, contraire, mon amie. If I wrote some of the real life sex/escapades of those guys and dolls no one would believe me! Cops are emotional beings. They react, they respond and they make mistakes born of love, lust and passion just like the next person. Probably more, since they are in such a high octane occupation. Never say, never. It will always come back to bite you in the ass. ☺
So, tell us about your hot knights!
I love them as much as my hot cops. I make no excuses for them. The Blood Swords are kind of like what today is an elite team of soldiers. You know, Seals, Rangers, only one thousand years ago. They lived in a brutal tempestuous time and their lives and actions reflect that. I make no excuses for their choices. They do what they have to do to survive. Period. I had a reader email me not to long ago and she said, “I started off hating Rohan but soon found myself falling as deeply in love with him as Isabel.” That made my day.
My girls are tough. No damsels in distress here. They stand up to these men who move them in a way no other man has. It’s raw, edgy and the passion abounds in all that they do. Book one, MASTER OF SURRENDER, starts off the series with The Blood Swords hitting town and doing what hot conquering knights do best. ;)
What’s next for you?
In October, HAVE YOURSELF A NAUGHTY LITTLE SANTA, hot cop Ricco Maza’s story, hits the bookshelves. It’s lighter then the previous hot cop books, but it’s a wonderful sexy love story. Roughly based on the Grinch storyline with the heroine, Kimberly Michaels the Grinch, who tries really hard to steal not only Ricco’s Christmas but the town where his family lives as well. I loved writing Kim. She just can’t help herself around hunky Ricco, and hot Latino cop that he is who loves women as much as they love him, finds himself between a rock and the hard spot that keeps popping up when Kim is around.
The last week of November book two of the Blood Sword Legacy, MASTER OF TORMENT, releases. It picks up several months after MASTER OF SURRENDER ends, and it most definitely the most angsty book I have written to date. I’m really enjoying writing this series.
www.KarinTabke.com (Karin has a wonderful website with pithy blogs!
Thank you again, Ladies for the invite to hang out here today. If anyone has a question I will do my best to answer it!
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