Monday, June 20, 2011

Guest Post with Karen Erickson

Time for FUN! 
Get ready! Karen Erickson is hi-jacking the blog today and telling us about her first historical romance being released by Carina Press! I'am so excited for her book!:
About the Author:
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"I’ve always loved the written word. From being one of the best readers in my kindergarten class to penning romantic stories that never ended about my favorite band members (Duran Duran!) in high school, I always had a feeling I wanted to write. It just took me a while to seriously pursue it.
With the birth of my third child came a realization – it’s one thing to talk about writing a book, another thing entirely to actually do it. So I decided to go for it and in 2005 I began my pursuit in writing toward publication. After completing a few clunkers that should never see the light of day, my first erotic romance novella was published with Cobblestone Press in 2006. I’ve since been published with a handful of other epublishers including Ellora’s Cave and Samhain Publishing. I have recently sold to Loose Id and Carina Press.
On a personal note I’m a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite with my husband and three children. Oh and the dog, the cats, the rooster and the chickens…"

Guest Post
Hey everyone! A big thank you to Rita for having me as a guest today at the Not Another Romance blog. I'm so excited to tell you about my novella, Lessons In Indiscretion, first in the Merry Widows series.

It's also my first published historical romance. Oh, I've written plenty of historical romances but the majority of them are, mildly put, awful and shall never see the light of day. It was always my dream to write a grand historical with a titled hero and his lovely lady...

But I was scared. Scared I'd screw up, mess up the historical details, not have enough historical get the picture. And that just might happen with Lessons, I really hope not but hey, Carina Press believed enough in my novella so I'm hoping you will too!

Widowed Lady Julia Renwick is still young enough to crave a man’s touch; but she’s too old to think that the Earl of Bedingfield could see her as anything more than a family friend. Garrett Walker is handsome, charming and only 26 years old—the perfect catch for any one of this year’s debutantes.

Garrett has no interest in the maidens vying for his attentions. He wants only Julia. With just two weeks left in the season, he makes a bold move by asking her to dance. When she counters with a shocking request of her own, Garrett eagerly agrees.

Soon, they are stealing away for passionate encounters at every society event they attend. Garrett introduces Julia to excitements she never knew existed, and her newfound confidence quickly attracts other eligible men. It’s not long before Garrett realizes he must find a way to keep the lady all to himself…

Available at Carina Press | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Want to read an excerpt? 
They’d spent the last two weeks constantly together, and he still couldn’t get the woman out of his system, Garrett thought grimly as he waited on the sidelines of yet another dance floor as Lady Renwick danced with yet another man. She made him reckless, hungry, in constant need of her. He’d never been utterly enthralled with a woman, taking a secret sense of pride in his cool detachment where the fairer sex was concerned. Allowing one’s emotions to become involved only caused trouble. His father had warned him of that in his youth.

But he couldn’t stop thinking about her. Couldn’t stop wanting to be with her, talking to her, kissing her, buried inside her…

Want more of the excerpt? Please go here.

**I'm having a huge contest that's been extended through June 24th in celebration of Lessons In Indiscretion's release! Grand prize? A KINDLE! Whee! Go visit my contest page to find out ALL the details.**

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  1. Wow, this looks wonderful! Love the concept, and, oh my, the cover... whew! And Karen, I know exactly how you feel, fretting over the historical details. Sometimes when I speak to other historical authors and/or read their books, I think, "How in heaven's name do they cram all that information in there? They're, like, a walking history encyclopedia!" But for me, I believe the secret is to write what you know. Not to mention, if you write a compelling story with memorable, likable characters about whom we care deeply, then you've done your job.

    Thanks for stopping by! Congratulations on your release!!

  2. Tons of historical novels that will never see the light of day? Maybe you could twist and turn them into comedies? Well, at any rate, this one looks really good. It's on my wish list.

  3. Can't wait to pick it up Karen. It looks amazing and congrats on the new release! Xoxo

  4. Thanks everyone! Jen, those tons of historical novels I wrote YEARS ago and trust me, they're awful. You don't want to see them at all. LOL

  5. Sounds like a delightful read (merry widows can be such fun) :) Congrats on the release!

  6. Hi Karen & Rita!

    Karen, Lessons In Indiscretion sounds like something I would definitely read.
    The cover is pretty "wow" too! LOL!

    Wishing the best with your new release!

  7. The Merry Widows series sounds wonderful and I can't wait to read Julia and Garret's story. Hopefully there will be many more books coming soon.

    The cover is wonderful and please send my thanks to whoever did the design. How about a contest with a life size blowup as the prize! Who wouldn't want to wake up in the middle of the night just to gaze at that?

  8. Hey thanks for the kind words, ladies! And Jeanne, I agree. I LOVE my cover! Wanna know a secret? The naked chest belongs to a construction worker. LOL

  9. A construction worker? No kidding. A very HOT contruction worker too! Love this cover and the book sounds great too!

    Lisa B

  10. Yummy construction worker...sorry I got distracted. This book was awesome!!!! I can't wait to read the next one in the series. ;) Seriously if you haven't all ready you should go buy it!! :)


  11. Congratulations Karen! This looks simply wonderful and is definitely on the buy list!

  12. Y'all say the sweetest things...really you do. ;)

  13. funny... my name is julia renwick hahahaa i kinda look like the girl on the cover haha i mean black hair and tanned skin haha and i've been through a similar situation to the one described here haha my now husband is younger than me... it kinda creeps me out.



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