I’m so glad you could join me on the blog today 🙂 We’re in for a special treat because we have an interview with author Karen Rock. Karen penned the Harlequin Blaze HIS TO PROTECT, and if the cover is anything to go by this book is going to be awesome.
So, sit back and get to know Karen a little better, learn some interesting facts about her writing, and then check out her book. Oh, and afterward don’t forget to enter her giveaway. The link as at the end of the post.
Let’s get started …
Describe yourself using each letter from your first name.
Kind Artistic Romantic Easygoing Nurturing
What’s the first thing we’d see when walking through your front door?
An old time hat and coat rack with an umbrella ring. I love antiques and this scrolled, wrought iron piece is so pretty. When we built our house, I didn’t want a coat closet and my first purchase- before a couch or even a bed- was this coat rack 🙂
I love that. I’m also a fan of antiques and anything retro from the 50s/60s. The cover for His To Protect is super sexy! What was the first thing you thought when you saw it?
Why is his coat unzipped in the rain quickly followed by, why isn’t it unzipped all the way- haha. It is fantasy and if my hero needs to feel water running down his magnificent chest, who am I to day no?
lol…good answer! I love naming my characters. How did you come up with the names for your hero and heroine in HIS TO PROTECT?
Sounds resonate with me. Mark has a staccato beat the goes with his personality and his high stakes profession. Cassie has a softer sound without an end point which works well for her journey as a woman who’s always played it safe and never, before, learned how tough she can really be.
Describe your hero through your heroine’s eyes.
At first, he’s her every sexual fantasy come to life. A brooding officer and a gentleman. A man who’s take charge attitude drives her wild when he takes control of her body. When she learns his real identity, however she sees him as the person responsible for the greatest loss of her life. Yet her feelings grow even more complicated. The more she encounters him and sees a noble, brave and caring side, those feelings of attraction and pain become mixed with a growing love for this complex, fallen hero.
What was your favorite scene in HIS TO PROTECT to write?
I love writing love scenes and probably the second one on the beach (yes there are two set here!) had so much heat, as well as deep emotional undercurrents was a complete joy to write. I also really liked the scene where Cassie joins Mark’s Jayhawk crew when they lose their flight medic. The situation becomes so dire that she must be lowered to the deck of the sinking ship in a last ditch effort to save a sailor. It was a harrowing, nail-biting scene that I went over with my technical advisor, Commander Mark Sampson who ensured that every detail in this gripping scene was complete accurate.
Would you like to share what you’re working on next?
I’m currently working on my second book for Uniformly Hot!, called HIS LAST DEFENSE. It’s a second chance love story between a USCG rescue swimmer (Dylan, for His to Protect) and his ex, Nolee Aruquit, a rookie Bering Sea crab fishing boat captain with a lot to lose, especially her heart. If you like the Discovery Channel’s show DEADLIEST CATCH, then you’ll love this. My technical advisor for the took was Captain Johnathan Hilstrand, a crab fishing boat captain in the show’s fleet. His boat is The Time Bandit.
RANDOM FUN : FINISH THIS SENTENCE
I believe almost every one of my husband’s predictions because he’s almost always- annoyingly- right! He predicted I would be a published author someday- even before I’d ever finished a complete novel- how’s that for positive thinking?
Dessert should always be calorie free- at least in my head, anyway (it’s the don’t ask/don’t tell policy- lol)
I just finished reading Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty (One of my fav authors)
Someday I’m going to fly in a Jayhawk helicopter (Imagination can only get you so far… I mean- an aircraft that can maintain a level hover in 150 mph winds… that has to be seen to be believed.)
The last movie I saw in the theater was Me Before You- SWOON*** (I also love all of JoJo Moyes’ books)
I love my family, including my husband, Greg, daughter Danielle, kitty Angel and my puppy Zoey. Very blessed!
Thank you so much for coming on the blog Karen. I loved getting to know you better and wish you much success with all your books 🙂
Keep his eyes on the skies…despite one sexy distraction!
skies…despite one sexy distraction!
undo. For Coast Guard search and rescue pilot Mark Sampson, it was the
agonizing decision that cost him a teammate—and his faith in himself. But an
unbelievably sexy blonde on a secluded beach may help him forget…if only for a
boy, did she get one! How was she to know the brooding stranger who rocked her
world was the pilot who’d left her brother to die? And now they’re on the same
mission. She should hate him. But she can’t fight the storm of desire
threatening to pull them under…
“Abandon ship! Abandon ship!” Dylan hollered as the boat shuddered and lifted before crashing smack down on its side.
Cassie leaped into the whirling water and kicked hard against the sucking drag, her life preserver no match for the powerful force. Coughing and spitting out salt water, she flailed, trying to keep her head above the enraged ocean intent on swallowing everything. Including her.
Dylan reached her, cradled her head in his arm and began kicking them backward, hard, keeping her mouth above water. When she looked skyward, she didn’t spot the Jayhawk and her heart seized.
Had they lost them?
Would she and Dylan drown?
“Keep kicking!” urged Dylan and she put her shaking muscles into it. The injured swimmer wasn’t giving in and neither would she.
Several seconds, minutes, hours seemed to pass— she’d lost count—as she and Dylan battled the waves before, miraculously, a rescue strop dropped directly in front of them.
In a flash, Dylan had them hooked. Air whistled around her as they swung toward the helicopter. Larry snatched them into the cabin the moment her toes grazed the side of the aircraft.
The cabin door slammed shut. She blinked at the crying, shaking and staring survivors and her thoughts tumbled. A deep shudder started in her gut and rattled her to her toes. She pressed her hand against the Jayhawk’s side, not trusting that she really was out of the water and here.
When she caught sight of her v-fib patient, she crouch-walked to his side as the helicopter wheeled then sped. What a relief to see the IV still attached to the litter.
She checked his vitals and tourniquet.
Stable. Critical, but stable. Hopefully enough to get to the airport then medevac to a major hospital.
A life saved. One for her and how many more for these extraordinary men? She looked around the cabin, deeply impressed as Dylan shrugged off any fussing over his dangling arm and began checking passengers alongside her.
“Swimmers.” Larry rolled his eyes at Dylan. “Crazy sons of bitches.”
“Or looking for some shirt candy,” put in Rob with a sheepish glance behind him.
“It’s an Air Medal for sure. You, too, Cassie, if you were in the Coast Guard.” Dylan’s cocky grin was firmly back in place.
Her gaze swerved to the cockpit and a spark, like the shock off an electric fence, went through her as she met Mark’s eyes. They stared at each other for a moment before he turned back, but the glimpse of his anguished expression tormented her. Made her want to reassure him she was fine. Not scared after all, she suddenly realized. She’d been so intent on her job, so focused on her survival, that she hadn’t been meek at all.
The change swept through her skin, whirling in the vast spaces between her atoms, reconfiguring her into someone else—or perhaps, as Jeff had pointed out, the person she was meant to be all along.
spicy—at least when it comes to her writing! The author of both YA and adult
contemporary books writes red-hot novels for Harlequin Blaze and small-town
romances for Harlequin Heartwarming. A strong believer in Happily-Ever-After,
Karen loves creating unforgettable stories that leave her readers with a smile.
national writing conferences and interacting with other writers. She has a
Master of Fine Arts in English and has continued to learn and grow
professionally through her work with YA co-author, fellow romance author,
friend and sister-in-law, Joanne Rock.
in three different books at a time, all in different genres. She also loves
cooking her grandmother’s Italian recipes, baking, Christmas (no need to
specify—she loves every bit of it), and having the Adirondack Park wilderness
as her backyard, where she lives with her husband, daughter, dog and cat who
keep her life interesting and complete.