Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Guest post by Karen Erickson + Giveaway

Today I am happy to welcome to the blog the wonderfully versatile Karen Erickson, who is the author of historical romances, paranormal erotica, romantic suspense, dystopian romance and I could go on listing all the different genres she has dipped her toes in. Today she stops by to tell you about the inspiration behind her latest release Under His Protection the first book in her new Protect and Defend romantic suspense series. Please give her a warm welcome and read of for a fantastic giveaway at the end!

Thank you so much, Stella, for having me on your blog. I'm excited to talk about my latest release, Under His Protection, the first in my Protect and Defend series. Where did I get the idea for this series, you might ask? Well, let me tell you all about it.

A few years ago, I was chatting with a few writer friends via Yahoo Instant Messenger and one of my favorite people, Shelli Stevens, mentioned she wouldn't mind having a sexy Secret Service agent keeping tabs on her at all times (exactly why she said that, I don't recall). My brain instantly went, "Hmmm...."

Later that night, I'm watching an old rerun of The Simpsons and Homer gets a job as a...Secret Service agent. "Coincidence," I tell myself.

A few days later, the Sunday newspaper insert Parade magazine has a special feature on--you guessed it--Secret Service agents. I couldn't avoid it any longer. The idea that had been percolating, the constant reminders, it was fate. I had to write this story.

Fast forward a few years later. I'd submitted the book to Harlequin Blaze but they felt it was too suspenseful - might I try their suspense lines instead? My former agent had shopped the series to a limited amount of editors in New York but they deemed the first book "too political". Plus, romantic suspense is dead as a subgenre, don't you know.

Huh. I respectfully disagree. Anyone noticed how many fabulous--and popular--romantic suspense books are out there right now? Yeah, a lot. In fact, I might be a little crazy to throw my hat in the ring but hey. I've never denied that I'm a little crazy...

**$200 Gift Card Giveaway Details here!**

He’ll protect her at any cost…

Protect and Defend, Book 1

Protecting the vice president’s daughter is Secret Service agent Mason Russell’s top priority. With the election looming and the party’s hold shaky, Mason’s been given an important assignment – rein the controversial party girl Blake Hewitt in.

He’d like to rein Blake in all right. Keep her under his control and naked beneath him at all times. Blake is the sexiest thing he’s ever seen but she’s strictly off limits. Though she tempts him like no other.

Banished from the capital and sent far away to the family’s vacation home, Blake seizes her chance. She’ll make Mason hers no matter what it takes. But the noble Mason doesn’t make it easy, and danger lurks where they least expect it…

Under His Protection is available now at:

Where you can find Karen: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

GIVEAWAY:  **$200 Gift Card Giveaway Details here!**

Let's have a contest! Are you a fan of romantic suspense? If so, let me know your favorite authors and/or books and you're entered for a chance to win a $10 gift card to Amazon or B&N (winner's choice!).

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 1 May 2012!

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