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What To Read Wednesday

13 Jun

That’s right, it’s Wednesday and time to meet another author and hear about their latest release on WHAT TO READ WEDNESDAY!  Today we have Karen Docter in the hot seat and she’s not only going to answer my questions about herself and her book, Satin Pleasures, but she’s doing a giveaway to one lucky commenter.

I met Karen on twitter quite awhile ago and she’s an amazing person.  Welcome to What to Read Wednesday Karen.  Give us 5 words that describe you :)

Storyteller, happy, romantic, teacher, Type-A

What are 4 things you never leave home without?

Purse, reading glasses, cell phone, keys

What’s the oddest place you’ve ever pulled out a book and started reading?

I don’t tend to go to “odd” places, unless you count camping in the Rocky Mountains. <g> The furthest I’ve taken a book to read is Maui.

Maui sounds better than my odd place…which is the line at the movie theater as I waited to get a ticket…lol  What genre (s) do you write?

I write two different kinds of romance novels. Books of Danger, Romantic Suspense: Women hunted by killers…men who’d die to protect them. Books of Heat, Contemporary Romance: The lighter side of romance – Not a killer in sight…unless it’s killer heat!

My contemporaries are cute and spicy – not erotic – novels of series contemporary length in traditional publishing markets. I love writing about real men and women with dreams and goals that don’t allow for a relationship just so I can throw them in each other’s path…with a tickle and a smile.  Satin Pleasures is one of my four Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® Best Short Contemporary finalist novels and my debut release at Amazon on Valentine’s Day 2012.

My romantic suspense novels are longer (90,000+ words) and filled with heat, too, although the dangers the hero and heroine face are real and intense, usually because a serial killer is bent on ending one or both of their lives before they can fall in love. These are psychological “woman in jeopardy” stories about real, every day people like you and me who are forced to deal with danger that is unexpectedly thrust into their lives.

I enjoy writing on both sides of the line between light and dark romance.

Where do you get your story ideas?

I draw ideas from my surroundings, articles I read, television programs, news…well, pretty much everything I see, hear, or do is fodder for stories.  I’m a “what if?” kind of writer.  Satin Pleasures was “born” in a traffic jam in the middle of the San Mateo Bridge that spans San Francisco Bay.

The situation I used to introduce Dan and Tess actually happened to me.  I have to admit, I was a bit stressed at the time. Not only am I scared of heights and my family had just moved to the Bay area two months after the last major earthquake that toppled bridges, I was supposed to be on the other side of the bay as one of the meeting staff.  I won’t go as far as say I was as stressed as the “soon-to-be-born” Type-A heroine, Tess Emory, but I could relate to her angst in not getting to the other side of the bridge.  It seemed only natural that Dan McDonald would be the exact opposite of Tess although, in many ways, they were as alike as two peas in a pod.

Watching the various people around me spilling from their cars to chat and play was also a unique experience for me.  I thought things like that only happened in movies…or books! <grin> I was truly inspired when I finally drove off the bridge and went to my meeting.  I can’t tell you how tempted I was to turn right around and go home to write Dan’s and Tess’s story. And, no, that is not my Type-A personality showing!

Share a blurb from SATIN PLEASURES.

Bustiers, Birds, and the Blues…

Dan McDonald walked away from the American dream, a life full of money, glamorous women and power. Now nothing can lure him back into the corporate death trap. Except….

Dan’s scheming aunt snares him into opening a lingerie shop in Tess Emory’s shopping mall. Tess is everything Dan has vowed to avoid…sexy, smart, and obsessed with work.

Tess is determined to make her life a success and right the wrongs of her past, no matter the cost.

They’re both going to discover that true love breaks all their rules.

I have SATIN PLEASURES and am looking forward to finding the time to actually read.  I’ve enjoyed all the excerpts I’ve read…it’s going to be a fun read.  Now, let’s play LUCKY SEVEN….describe your book in 7 words.

Spicy, romantic, funny, sweet, workaholics, lingerie, family

What’s the first sentence in your book? :)

“Colby, if I’d had that brunette in my bass boat instead of you Aunt Mary would never have talked me off the lake.”

Intriguing start.  Please share an excerpt of your book!

Dan entered the A Touch of Silk & Satin stockroom and scanned the area.  His gaze lingered, hesitated, skimming the piles of exclusive garments that spilled from red, white, and pink-flowered boxes.  He was drawn to the rich color of satin, the cool tease of lace.  The heat of silk.

The contrast between his large, masculine frame and the delicate, feminine apparel registered on parts of his anatomy he’d been neglecting far too long.  He must have taken leave of his senses when he agreed to do this.

“There you are, dear!”

Dan rounded a stack of boxes and faced Mary McDonald O’Shaunessy.  “You didn’t tell the staff I was coming, Aunt Mary.  Does that mean you don’t need me, after all?”  He could be back on the road in an hour, holed up in his camper with Colby, free, unfettered.  His demons unchallenged.

His silver-haired relative drew herself up, all five-foot-nothing of her.  “Of course not, Danny Boy!  But your arrival plans were rather vague.”

Dan ignored the persistent use of a nickname he’d hoped by the age of thirty-five to have outgrown and acknowledged his tardiness with a kiss.  It wasn’t his fault the truck blew a gasket in Missouri.  “I had a devil of a time getting that young girl out there to let me in.”

“You’re surprised?  She probably expected her new boss to dress more conservatively.  That flannel shirt should have been consigned to a rag bag long ago.”  Green eyes very like his twinkled up at him.  “I see you also stuck with your guns about that disreputable thing on your upper lip.”

Dan grinned, unrepentant, even as he decided the mustache was history.  His aunt’s teases were bound to get worse; but, there was another, more compelling reason to shave the offensive thing off.  He hadn’t known how many sensory perceptions he’d lost in his bid for change until he kissed Tess this afternoon.  If she could generate electricity with his mustache in the way, imagine what she could do with nothing but naked skin between them.

“It took a while to settle Colby at the groomer,” he said, “so I didn’t take time to clean up.”

“We aren’t open yet.  Besides, I could use help with these boxes.”  She made a face.  “I don’t know why those delivery men had to stack them so high.  I can’t reach half of them.”

He chuckled.  “You and Mom didn’t tell me I was in this to shuffle boxes.  Here I thought I was going to be a big honcho and I’m nothing more than a stock clerk.”

“The best way to learn the day-to-day details of the business is from the ground up.”

Another kernel of doubt sprouted in his chest.  He hadn’t counted on such an intimate involvement with the business envisioning management similar, though infinitely less demanding, than what he’d left behind last year.  “You said you and Mom only need help until the wedding.”

Sarah McDonald’s marriage had burgeoned from a simple ceremony with thirty close friends to, at last count, several hundred people.  Nothing short of his mother’s impending happiness would have dragged Dan back to civilization this soon, despite his persistent restlessness these past few months.

“You still need a modicum of training before I skip back to Chicago to help your mother.”

He sighed.  “Okay.  If I can work my way up the ladder of global finance, I can climb to the top of lingerie.”

His aunt indicated the boxes closest to him.  “Try climbing to the top of that pile.”

“Yes, ma’am.”  He hid a smile and proceeded to lower all of the stacks to a manageable level.  “Now what?”

“Open the box in that corner,” she waved toward the wall behind him, “and catalog the contents.”

When he complied, lingerie snagged on his rough hands.  The material reminded him of the silkiness of Tess’s skin beneath his fingertips, which brought to mind the huskiness of her voice when she was confused, the rebellious spark in her eyes when she was provoked…the hint of sadness in her expression when she wasn’t aware of being watched.  His sultry brunette was passionate, complex, intriguing—

Off limits!  Do the words ‘workaholic’ or ‘leaving’ mean anything to you, Danny Boy?

Tell us about your heroine in 1 sentence.

Tess Emory is stubborn, single-minded, and driven to successfully snag a promotion at her shopping center management company, to get the funds she needs for her father’s upcoming spinal surgery…even at risk of her own health.

Now your hero.

Dan McDonald knows the cost of such intensity, and has walked away from his pristine penthouse, workaholic ex-girlfriend, and stressful financial consultant career, spending the past year fishing his way cross-country with his dog.

What’s your favorite part about writing?

I learn a little more about the human psyche with each book I write. My characters become real people for me quickly in the writing process and take over their own stories despite whatever plans I may have for them when I start.  It’s relatively easy to get them into trouble, but I’m often surprised by the solutions they come up with to solve their dilemmas. Sometimes I wonder where these people come from, especially when I’m delving into a serial killer’s mind.  I certainly don’t have any firsthand experience with killers but I often find them telling me what makes them tick. They often scare me!

Name one thing you learned on your journey to publication that surprised you.

I’ve learned a lot of things that have surprised me over the years. However, if I had to pick the most surprising aspect of publication, it is that the only thing an author has any control over is the work itself. It’s the only part of “publication” that’s completely yours, from the characters you develop to the worlds you build. Once you type “The End”, you have to throw your baby into the deep end of the pool with editors, agents, publishers, critics, reviewers, and most importantly, readers…all with rules and needs and expectations that can sometimes appear contradictory.  I know I’ve written the very best book I can when I type “The End” on one of my stories but I can’t control what happens to it once it hits the world outside my office. That can be a scary proposition.

What’s your current WIP? :)

I’m currently working on the first romantic suspense novel in my Thorne’s Thorns series.  Police officer Ross Thorne, and his wife, Evelyn, only had one natural born son. But they also fostered five boys into adulthood.  All of the boys were enough trouble at one time or another, they quickly became known as Thorne’s Thorns. The six brothers are now grown.  Each is strong, masculine, and making his own mark on the world.  I’m throwing a little, okay, a lot of danger their way and introducing each to the one woman they are destined to love.  Patrick Thorne, the Thorne’s natural born son, launches the series in Killing Secrets.  It should release in June 2012.

Killing Secrets – Back Cover Blurb

Rachel James’ ex-husband is released from prison determined to reclaim her and her little girl — his key to the James fortune. Frightened, Rachel flees to Denver with the child who hasn’t uttered a word since her daddy went to prison.

Contractor Patrick Thorne wants nothing to do with another of his parents’ charity cases. He failed his own wife so abysmally she took her own life as well as his unborn son’s. After two years, it’s time to concentrate on the bid he’s won and the saboteur trying to destroy his construction firm.

There is no room for trust in either of their hearts. But trust is all that will untangle the secrets that dominate their lives, free a little girl of her silent prison, and save them all from a serial killer who stands too close.

Ooohh..this sounds like another good read Karen!  Would you please share a piece of writing advice for any new authors out there?

Learn as much as you can about your craft and write, write, write! Gain the knowledge and confidence you need to believe in yourself. The publishing world can be brutal so you need to believe in what you’re doing or you’ll be crushed. Yes, there will be times you feel beaten by a review or a reader or an editor. You can weather those storms when you believe in yourself. Whether you publish in the traditional market or utilize self-publishing venues like Kindle, Nook, or small press, the best thing you can do to bolster your chances of success is learn everything you can about all aspects of publishing…and write the very best story you can.

And finally, where can we find you and your book(s)?

Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Satin-Pleasures-ebook/dp/B0078VSY6G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1330384089&sr=8-1

Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Satin-Pleasures-Karen-Docter/dp/1475082525/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1330384089&sr=8-1

Website: http://www.karendocter.com

Blog: http://www.karendocter.com/blog/

Twitter: @KarenDocter

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Karen-Docter-Author/112017712223396

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/

Thank you so much for joining me today Karen!  I’m glad you visited!

Thanks for having me!  I enjoyed spending time with you and your readers, Christine!

 

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67 responses to “What To Read Wednesday

  1. Loralee Lillibridge

    June 13, 2012 at 6:19 am

    Great blog, Karen. The excerpt from Satin Pleasures sure tempts me to read the entire book. And Thorne’s Thorns – love this concept for a romantic suspense series! Thanks for sharing.
    Christine, another winner, as usual. : ) Toasting you both with my morning cup of coffee!

     
    • Karen

      June 13, 2012 at 12:58 pm

      Thanks, Loralee! I hope you enjoy Satin Pleasures. It’s my favorite contemporary romance. I love Dan and Tess and enjoyed writing their story.

       
  2. ChristineWarner

    June 13, 2012 at 7:07 am

    You’re awesome Loralee…thank you for coming by and glad you enjoyed the interview along with your morning cup of coffee :)

     
  3. Tereasa Bellew

    June 13, 2012 at 7:21 am

    I”m here as well, coffee steaming nearby. Wow, I loved the humor in your stories, Karen, and also can tell from Thorne’s blurb that romantic suspense is great too! Love the interview and excerpt. I especially enjoyed the dialouge between Danny Boy and his aunt. : )

     
    • ChristineWarner

      June 13, 2012 at 9:50 am

      Thanks for coming by Tere! I think Karen has written some great reads in both contemporary and suspense :)

       
    • Karen

      June 13, 2012 at 1:01 pm

      Raising my coffee to you, too, Tereasa! I’m glad you like my humor. I love writing contemporary romance with a tickle and a smile. Life is all too often too serious and relationships can be fun. I do love Dan’s aunt. She’s a pip!

       
  4. Jerri Drennen

    June 13, 2012 at 7:32 am

    This is right up my alley, Karen. Your books sound fabulous.

     
    • ChristineWarner

      June 13, 2012 at 9:50 am

      That they do Jerri…so glad you dropped in :)

       
    • Karen

      June 13, 2012 at 1:04 pm

      Morning, Jerri! I hope you enjoy Satin Pleasures. As soon as I finish my suspense, I’m dipping back into the lighthearted with I do, I do…For Now or maybe it will be Trouble. Trouble. Trouble…Plus One or…I have so many stories in my head, guess it will be a surprise. :)

       
  5. neecy528

    June 13, 2012 at 8:14 am

    What if’s do get your thinking! It’s great to meet you, Karen.
    Good Luck with your new release.
    Neecy

     
    • ChristineWarner

      June 13, 2012 at 9:50 am

      Glad you dropped by Denice!

       
    • Karen

      June 13, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      Good morning, Neecy. It’s great to meet you, too! I do love those “what if…?” moments. So far they’re coming faster than the completion of the books so I’ll have plenty to write about for the near future. :) Happy Wednesday!

       
  6. shanongrey

    June 13, 2012 at 8:18 am

    A wonderful interview! Thanks.

     
    • ChristineWarner

      June 13, 2012 at 9:51 am

      Glad you enjoyed it Shanon…thanks for coming by :)

       
    • Karen

      June 13, 2012 at 1:08 pm

      Thanks for stopping in to say “Hi”! I enjoyed being interviewed – such fun questions! Have a great day!

       
  7. Melissa Limoges

    June 13, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Awesome interview, ladies. I loved the excerpt and the blurb for both books. I’ll be sure to mark them down on my TBR list. :)

     
    • ChristineWarner

      June 13, 2012 at 10:20 am

      Hi Melissa..glad you enjoyed the interview & found a couple of new books to add to your TBR pile!

       
    • Karen

      June 13, 2012 at 1:10 pm

      Thanks for saying so, Melissa! Satin Pleasures is out now, of course. Killing Secrets should be out in next month. I’ll post it’s release on my blog site at http://www.karendocter.com/blog/ soon as it’s released. Happy reading!

       
  8. Sharon Cullen

    June 13, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Sounds like a great book. You write the contemporaries I like to read.

     
    • ChristineWarner

      June 13, 2012 at 11:01 am

      Glad you found a new author to add to your list Sharon…thanks for coming by :)

       
    • Karen

      June 13, 2012 at 1:12 pm

      …and I enjoy writing the contemporaries you like to read, Sharon. I hope you enjoy Satin Pleasures. Will try to get another one out to you yet this year. Happy reading!

       
  9. D'Ann Lindun

    June 13, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Hi, Karen! Good to see you.
    Your RSs sound just like my kind of books!

     
    • ChristineWarner

      June 13, 2012 at 11:01 am

      Thanks for coming by and commenting D’Ann!

       
    • Karen

      June 13, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      Thanks, D’Ann. Can’t wait for you to read Killing Secrets. I’m having so much fun with that book right now. I love writing danger and heat…with a lot of twists and misdirection. My serial killer’s tend to really freak me out. Don’t have a clue where they come from! LOL

       
  10. Kristina Knight

    June 13, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Great interview! The strangest place I’ve grabbed a book …. At a casino. Got bored waiting for DH to finish a round of roulette…

     
    • Karen

      June 13, 2012 at 1:16 pm

      Perfect, Kristina! LOL My DH is not a gambler but I think I’ll just have to take my Kindle with me on my next trip all the same.

       
    • ChristineWarner

      June 13, 2012 at 4:43 pm

      Kristi, I can so imagine doing that! Love it :) Thanks for coming by :)

       
  11. zencherry

    June 13, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Me likey likey! Very good job you two. :D

     
    • Karen

      June 13, 2012 at 1:18 pm

      Thanks for the “likey”, zencherry! I have to thank Christine for making this interview so much fun. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I love talking to all of you, too! :)

       
    • ChristineWarner

      June 13, 2012 at 4:44 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for coming by.

       
  12. Nettle

    June 13, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Sounds like a fab book, Karen, I love the idea of Thornes’ Thorns! Good luck with it all!!

     
    • Karen

      June 13, 2012 at 2:14 pm

      Thanks, Nettle. I hope you enjoy the series when you read it! Happy Wednesday!

       
    • ChristineWarner

      June 13, 2012 at 4:44 pm

      Thanks for stopping in :)

       
  13. Brenda

    June 13, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    You’re a new-to-me author Karen, and just by reading the excerpt I’m so glad I found you!

     
    • Karen

      June 13, 2012 at 2:19 pm

      I love new-to-me readers, too, Brenda. :) I hope between my light and dark side (BTW, there ARE cookies! :) ), you find something you can enjoy. Looking forward to sharing my stories with you. Happy reading!

       
    • ChristineWarner

      June 13, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      I love it when I introduce you to a new author Brenda….Karen’s books sound so good!

       
  14. susanmboyerSusan M. Boyer

    June 13, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Karen, this sounds like such a fun read–looking forward to it! Happy Wednesday!!

     
    • Karen

      June 13, 2012 at 3:20 pm

      Thanks, Susan! Let me know how you like it. Happy reading!

       
    • ChristineWarner

      June 13, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      Thanks for coming by to comment Susan :)

       
  15. Karen Cote

    June 13, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Hi Karen, great interview! Goodness just when I thought I knew everything about you…lol. What I certainly know is that you do know your way around a story. Satin Pleasures rocks and is a delightful tale of fun reading and well worth investing time in. Loved it. Big hugs my friend.

     
    • Karen

      June 13, 2012 at 3:23 pm

      Ah, thanks, Karen. You’re a sweetie. I’m glad you enjoyed the book. And, no, you don’t know everything about me. I keep secrets in reserve. I do write suspense, ya know…so I know when to reveal secrets to keep reeling you in. :)

       
    • ChristineWarner

      June 13, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      I’m loving all the Karen’s today! lol Thanks for coming by…fun to hear a testimonial about Karen’s book SATIN PLEASURES…can’t wait to read it :)

       
  16. Sheri Fredricks

    June 13, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    I think I could get a lot of story ideas if I were in Maui. Grin!

     
    • ChristineWarner

      June 13, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      Me too Sheri…over an umbrella drink! lol Thanks for stopping by :)

       
    • Karen

      June 13, 2012 at 7:46 pm

      The problem with Maui, Sheri, is that it’s all too easy to take in the laid-back Maui spirit. Can be difficult to look at a computer screen when there’s so many beautiful, exotic things to do and look at. One of our vacations there, I did bring my laptop but was having so much fun with my husband and children, it never even got unpacked! LOL

       
  17. Karalee Long

    June 13, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    I really enjoyed SATIN PLEASURES and can’t wait to read KILLING SECRETS. Hurry.

     
    • Karen

      June 13, 2012 at 7:47 pm

      Ah, Karalee. Writing fast as I can! Soon…I promise.

       
    • ChristineWarner

      June 13, 2012 at 9:19 pm

      Love the testimonial…thanks for coming by Karalee :)

       
  18. Calisa Rhose

    June 13, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Oh Karen, your suspense books sound wonderful! I like the sound of the contemporaries too. Congrats and happy sales to you. :)

     
    • Karen

      June 13, 2012 at 7:50 pm

      Thanks, Calisa. I’m certainly having a lot of fun with my suspense right now. Pesky serial killer is whispering in my ear to “Finish it!”. I don’t think he realizes he may have to die! :)

       
  19. Cera duBois

    June 13, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    This sounds so much fun…Nice interview, ladies!

     
    • ChristineWarner

      June 13, 2012 at 9:20 pm

      Thanks Cera…always a treat to see you:)

       
    • Karen

      June 13, 2012 at 11:55 pm

      Thanks for stopping in and saying HI, Cera. Glad you enjoyed the interview. Great to meet you!

       
  20. Morgan k wyatt

    June 13, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    What a fun blog. I feel like I know so much more about you, and I was betting you were a Type A. Satin Pleasures sounds like a fun read.

     
    • ChristineWarner

      June 13, 2012 at 9:20 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the blog & interview Morgan…thank you for stopping in :)

       
    • Karen

      June 13, 2012 at 11:57 pm

      Ack! I’ve been found out! LOL I think the reason Satin Pleasures was so much fun to write is because I was forcing Tess to relax…something I could relate. :)

       
  21. bn100

    June 14, 2012 at 12:15 am

    Very nice interview. This sounds like a good book.

     
    • Karen

      June 14, 2012 at 1:41 pm

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Have a great weekend!

       
    • ChristineWarner

      June 14, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      That it does…thanks for stopping in :)

       
  22. Jennifer Lowery

    June 14, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Wonderful interview, ladies! Book sounds great! Love Karen’s Killer Fixin’s on Fridays!

     
    • Karen

      June 14, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      Hi, Jennifer! Great to see you here. I’m glad you enjoy my Killer Fixin’s blogs. I love sharing my recipes, as well as other author recipes. BTW, tomorrow is going to be a fun Seafood Pot Boil, the kind where you throw all of the food onto a newspaper covered table and dig in coastal style! :)

       
    • ChristineWarner

      June 14, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      Hey Jennifer…always a pleasure to have you come by…glad you enjoyed the interview and fun that you know Karen from her blog as well :)

       
  23. clareaustin

    June 14, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Taking your book to Ireland with me.

     
    • Karen

      June 14, 2012 at 1:45 pm

      Thanks, Clare! I’ll enjoy the vicarious visit…always wanted to go to Ireland. Have a wonderful time, and happy reading!

       
    • ChristineWarner

      June 14, 2012 at 6:51 pm

      Love it! Have fun in Ireland and thanks for coming by.

       
  24. ChristineWarner

    June 14, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    CONGRATS TO NETTLES for winning the copy of Satin Pleasures from Karen Docter! She’ll be in contact soon :)

     
    • Karen

      June 15, 2012 at 11:25 am

      Congratulations, Nettles! I’ll contact you privately today with your copy. Happy reading!

       

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