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Debut Author KC Klein with Interview and Giveaways!

>KC Klein’s sexy futuristic time-travel, DARK FUTURE, released in ebook last week and is currently on Amazon for only .99 cents!!  That’s right!!  What a bargain!!  The print version will be available November 8th.

Welcome debut author KC Klein with an interview and giveaway!! 
Simply comment to enter to win:
1) Ebook copy of DARK FUTURE
2) 1 of 5 custom handmade bookmarks!

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

I want to thank Joan for inviting me here on her blog. I’m always happy to connect with readers and talk to other people about my passion—books.

I am so excited to announce the release of my debut novel, DARK FUTURE, by Avon Impulse, an imprint of HarperCollins. I have always been captivated by dark, gritty heroes and the worlds that create them. But I also like to take a break from the dark side, so don’t be surprised if you see some fun, sexy contemporary westerns coming from me.

DARK FUTURE:

Awakened in the middle of the night by a future version of herself, Kris Davenport is given a mission: go forward in time to save the world—and His life. Of course, her future self doesn’t tell her who he is, just sends her into an abyss and straight into an alien invasion.


He turns out to be ConRad Smith, the callous, untrusting Commander of Earth’s army and the world’s last defense. There’s only one way to know for sure if this strange woman is an alien spy—slice her throat. Except, he didn’t anticipate the heat he would feel as he interrogates the hot-tempered, warm-blooded woman. For a man whose sole focus has been survival, she’s more temptation than he can handle. But a world on the brink of destruction leaves no room for love…and time is running out.

KC, tell us about Syon, your villain.
Oh, I am so glad you asked about my villain. I haven’t had the opportunity to talk about him yet. My villain’s name is Syon, and he’s an older man who’s in a position of authority in my futuristic society. Syon, like all good villains, is very conflicted. On one hand he’s infatuated with my hero, ConRad, and on the other Syon can’t stand to see my hero happy. Syon loves to bring people to the brink of death then nurse them back to health. Ugh, very creepy, but of course that’s what makes a great villain.

Does your novel have a theme? How did that come about?
I didn’t start off with a theme in mind, it just happened. But I believe the theme in DARK FUTURE is what would you sacrifice for love? What would you sacrifice for the greater good? Are you willing to give up your life? How about your true love’s life? It’s a dark theme, but it fit the characters and the world.

What entity do you feel supports you most in your writing career outside of family members?

I think it’s so important to have a support group of like-minded individuals. Your family can only understand the craziness of being a writer for so long. Writers need other writers to tell them that hearing voices in their head is normal. I think being part of RWA and having a good crit partner is essential, and I am blessed to have both. So here’s my shout out to my fellow RWA peeps and Erin Kellison, the best crit partner a gal could ever have.

What is your writing routine?
Like almost every woman I know it’s about keeping all the balls in the air. I work outside the home two to three days a week, have two school age children, and am very active with my volunteer work. Put that on top of keeping up on my marriage, my health, and home, well, it is a pretty crazy life. But there’s a reason we women have a large S imprinted on our chests, right?

My writing days usually go something like this. Wake up at 5 in the morning for a run or workout at home, get kids and hubby off, then wade through about twenty emails before sitting down and trying to write for three hours. Then it’s pick up the kids from school, homework, dinner, and if I’m really doing well and still can keep my eyes open, another hour of writing.

Thank you so much for having me. This was so much fun.

You can find KC Klein online:

Twitter
Facebook
Tumbler

Simply comment to enter to win:
1) Ebook copy of DARK FUTURE
2) 1 of 5 custom handmade bookmarks!
International
**MUST** leave contact email to WIN!


KC Klein is the author of Dark Future, a sexy futuristic time-travel. She became serious about writing three years ago and was as surprised as anyone when her stories took a turn toward dark and snarky. Today, she divides her time between taking care of her family and driving in circles around Arizona, too busy creating stories in her head to pay attention to mere road signs.

>Debut Author KC Klein with Interview and Giveaways!

>KC Klein’s sexy futuristic time-travel, DARK FUTURE, released in ebook last week and is currently on Amazon for only .99 cents!!  That’s right!!  What a bargain!!  The print version will be available November 8th.

Welcome debut author KC Klein with an interview and giveaway!! 
Simply comment to enter to win:
1) Ebook copy of DARK FUTURE
2) 1 of 5 custom handmade bookmarks!

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

I want to thank Joan for inviting me here on her blog. I’m always happy to connect with readers and talk to other people about my passion—books.

I am so excited to announce the release of my debut novel, DARK FUTURE, by Avon Impulse, an imprint of HarperCollins. I have always been captivated by dark, gritty heroes and the worlds that create them. But I also like to take a break from the dark side, so don’t be surprised if you see some fun, sexy contemporary westerns coming from me.

DARK FUTURE:

Awakened in the middle of the night by a future version of herself, Kris Davenport is given a mission: go forward in time to save the world—and His life. Of course, her future self doesn’t tell her who he is, just sends her into an abyss and straight into an alien invasion.


He turns out to be ConRad Smith, the callous, untrusting Commander of Earth’s army and the world’s last defense. There’s only one way to know for sure if this strange woman is an alien spy—slice her throat. Except, he didn’t anticipate the heat he would feel as he interrogates the hot-tempered, warm-blooded woman. For a man whose sole focus has been survival, she’s more temptation than he can handle. But a world on the brink of destruction leaves no room for love…and time is running out.

KC, tell us about Syon, your villain.
Oh, I am so glad you asked about my villain. I haven’t had the opportunity to talk about him yet. My villain’s name is Syon, and he’s an older man who’s in a position of authority in my futuristic society. Syon, like all good villains, is very conflicted. On one hand he’s infatuated with my hero, ConRad, and on the other Syon can’t stand to see my hero happy. Syon loves to bring people to the brink of death then nurse them back to health. Ugh, very creepy, but of course that’s what makes a great villain.

Does your novel have a theme? How did that come about?
I didn’t start off with a theme in mind, it just happened. But I believe the theme in DARK FUTURE is what would you sacrifice for love? What would you sacrifice for the greater good? Are you willing to give up your life? How about your true love’s life? It’s a dark theme, but it fit the characters and the world.

What entity do you feel supports you most in your writing career outside of family members?

I think it’s so important to have a support group of like-minded individuals. Your family can only understand the craziness of being a writer for so long. Writers need other writers to tell them that hearing voices in their head is normal. I think being part of RWA and having a good crit partner is essential, and I am blessed to have both. So here’s my shout out to my fellow RWA peeps and Erin Kellison, the best crit partner a gal could ever have.

What is your writing routine?
Like almost every woman I know it’s about keeping all the balls in the air. I work outside the home two to three days a week, have two school age children, and am very active with my volunteer work. Put that on top of keeping up on my marriage, my health, and home, well, it is a pretty crazy life. But there’s a reason we women have a large S imprinted on our chests, right?

My writing days usually go something like this. Wake up at 5 in the morning for a run or workout at home, get kids and hubby off, then wade through about twenty emails before sitting down and trying to write for three hours. Then it’s pick up the kids from school, homework, dinner, and if I’m really doing well and still can keep my eyes open, another hour of writing.

Thank you so much for having me. This was so much fun.

You can find KC Klein online:

Twitter
Facebook
Tumbler

Simply comment to enter to win:
1) Ebook copy of DARK FUTURE
2) 1 of 5 custom handmade bookmarks!
International
**MUST** leave contact email to WIN!


KC Klein is the author of Dark Future, a sexy futuristic time-travel. She became serious about writing three years ago and was as surprised as anyone when her stories took a turn toward dark and snarky. Today, she divides her time between taking care of her family and driving in circles around Arizona, too busy creating stories in her head to pay attention to mere road signs.

Interview + Giveaway with Caroline Linden and ONE NIGHT IN LONDON

>Bewteen Avon and Kensingon, Caroline has published a dozen historical romances and her latest, ONE NIGHT IN LONDON, just released in September! Her next, BLAME IT ON THE BATH, releases in March 2012 — SQUEE, we’re release buddies! — so watch for it.  Welcome, Caroline! Thanks for coming!

Lord Edward de Lacey has noble expectations—until a secret from the past threatens to cost him everything. Francesca Gordon will stop at nothing to find her niece— not even bargaining with the ruthless Lord Edward. But what begins as purely business might become something closer to pure passion…

Comment or ask Caroline a question to win 1 of 5 custom bookmarks!!

Tell us about your upcoming release.
ONE NIGHT IN LONDON is about a desperate woman trying to save her niece from a wicked stepmother, and a man determined to save his inheritance. He steals her lawyer, she coerces him into helping her as payback, and then the sparks start to fly.

What creates the biggest conflict between your hero and heroine?
I think it’s that they are so different. Francesca, the heroine, is impulsive, passionate, and a bit warm-tempered. Edward is disciplined, coldly logical, and rather ruthless in pursuit of what he wants…although he does try to resist it when Francesca turns out to be what he wants.

Why did you put these two together?
I love characters who complement each other! They share some common ground, but have different strengths and weaknesses so they can support each other.

Is there a message in this novel that you want readers to grasp?

I don’t know about a message in the novel—except that love is worth fighting for, even to the point of humbling yourself—but the book is part of a campaign to raise awareness of ovarian cancer. A portion of the sales will go to fund research and patient support programs, and at the back of the book is a page listing the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, which is difficult to detect early and thus incredibly deadly. Read it! Share it! Rip it out and post it on your bathroom mirror!

Who or what has influenced your writing, and in what way?
This may sound strange, but: action/adventure movies. I love things like the Jason Bourne films and Star Wars, because something is always happening. Every line of dialogue counts. Little things turn out to have big significance.I tend to get bored by description, no matter how beautifully written.

How do you keep in touch with your readers?
I update my website most months, and I’ve been trying to keep my Facebook page active with random weekly updates. And I answer all my reader email. Sometimes in deadline panic I slack off all these things, but I love to hear from readers!

What are you reading now?
I just finished BLACK SHEEP by Georgette Heyer, which I really liked. Very different from the book I read before, A TALE OF TWO LOVERS by Maya Rodale—which I also really liked!

What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?
Strong, multifaceted characters with interesting problems. You can wring a lot of plot from good characters.

What do you know now that you wish you’d known when you started writing?
There is no Right Way to be an author, to be published, to write a book, to run your career… Everyone creates their own path, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?
Personally, I lovelovelove Scrivener. Fabulous writing software! But otherwise, I think you just need determination and persistence. And maybe the occasional pedicure.

What are your current projects?
Right now I’m writing the final book in the Truth About the Duke trilogy (ONE NIGHT IN LONDON is the first). In spare moments I jot down a few lines of a possible novella about a secondary character from ONE NIGHT IN LONDON, and when I’m really stuck on the book, I work on my paranormal magnum opus.

Do You Have Any Undiscovered Or Hidden Talents?
It’s not quite hidden; it’s exploited probably far too often! I make awesome cookies. I love cookies. If you have a good cookie recipe, send it to me. Of course, then I eat the cookies, which is not so good…

Where can we find you online?
www.carolinelinden.com and http://www.facebook.com/AuthorCarolineLinden

Caroline Linden earned a math degree from Harvard University before turning to writing fiction. Ten years, nine books, two Red Sox championships, and one dog later, she has never been happier with her decision.

Comment or ask Caroline a question to win 1 of 5 custom bookmarks!!

**International**

MUST leave contact email to win!

>Interview + Giveaway with Caroline Linden and ONE NIGHT IN LONDON

>Bewteen Avon and Kensingon, Caroline has published a dozen historical romances and her latest, ONE NIGHT IN LONDON, just released in September! Her next, BLAME IT ON THE BATH, releases in March 2012 — SQUEE, we’re release buddies! — so watch for it.  Welcome, Caroline! Thanks for coming!

Lord Edward de Lacey has noble expectations—until a secret from the past threatens to cost him everything. Francesca Gordon will stop at nothing to find her niece— not even bargaining with the ruthless Lord Edward. But what begins as purely business might become something closer to pure passion…

Comment or ask Caroline a question to win 1 of 5 custom bookmarks!!

Tell us about your upcoming release.
ONE NIGHT IN LONDON is about a desperate woman trying to save her niece from a wicked stepmother, and a man determined to save his inheritance. He steals her lawyer, she coerces him into helping her as payback, and then the sparks start to fly.

What creates the biggest conflict between your hero and heroine?
I think it’s that they are so different. Francesca, the heroine, is impulsive, passionate, and a bit warm-tempered. Edward is disciplined, coldly logical, and rather ruthless in pursuit of what he wants…although he does try to resist it when Francesca turns out to be what he wants.

Why did you put these two together?
I love characters who complement each other! They share some common ground, but have different strengths and weaknesses so they can support each other.

Is there a message in this novel that you want readers to grasp?

I don’t know about a message in the novel—except that love is worth fighting for, even to the point of humbling yourself—but the book is part of a campaign to raise awareness of ovarian cancer. A portion of the sales will go to fund research and patient support programs, and at the back of the book is a page listing the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, which is difficult to detect early and thus incredibly deadly. Read it! Share it! Rip it out and post it on your bathroom mirror!

Who or what has influenced your writing, and in what way?
This may sound strange, but: action/adventure movies. I love things like the Jason Bourne films and Star Wars, because something is always happening. Every line of dialogue counts. Little things turn out to have big significance.I tend to get bored by description, no matter how beautifully written.

How do you keep in touch with your readers?
I update my website most months, and I’ve been trying to keep my Facebook page active with random weekly updates. And I answer all my reader email. Sometimes in deadline panic I slack off all these things, but I love to hear from readers!

What are you reading now?
I just finished BLACK SHEEP by Georgette Heyer, which I really liked. Very different from the book I read before, A TALE OF TWO LOVERS by Maya Rodale—which I also really liked!

What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?
Strong, multifaceted characters with interesting problems. You can wring a lot of plot from good characters.

What do you know now that you wish you’d known when you started writing?
There is no Right Way to be an author, to be published, to write a book, to run your career… Everyone creates their own path, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?
Personally, I lovelovelove Scrivener. Fabulous writing software! But otherwise, I think you just need determination and persistence. And maybe the occasional pedicure.

What are your current projects?
Right now I’m writing the final book in the Truth About the Duke trilogy (ONE NIGHT IN LONDON is the first). In spare moments I jot down a few lines of a possible novella about a secondary character from ONE NIGHT IN LONDON, and when I’m really stuck on the book, I work on my paranormal magnum opus.

Do You Have Any Undiscovered Or Hidden Talents?
It’s not quite hidden; it’s exploited probably far too often! I make awesome cookies. I love cookies. If you have a good cookie recipe, send it to me. Of course, then I eat the cookies, which is not so good…

Where can we find you online?
www.carolinelinden.com and http://www.facebook.com/AuthorCarolineLinden

Caroline Linden earned a math degree from Harvard University before turning to writing fiction. Ten years, nine books, two Red Sox championships, and one dog later, she has never been happier with her decision.

Comment or ask Caroline a question to win 1 of 5 custom bookmarks!!

**International**

MUST leave contact email to win!