Friday, 15 March 2013

Dreams Come True by Karen Erickson + Giveaway

There are some authors whose books you know will make you smile and sigh with contentment once you reach "The End", and Karen Erickson is one of them. Her stories are always romantic and heart-warming and steamy sexy! *grins* She has penned contemporary romances, erotica stories, romantic suspense, fantasy and paranormal books; she tried her hand at pretty much everything and today she'll tell you her story about how she came to write historical romances, her first love. Please give her a warm welcome and leave a comment to be entered to win Karen's newest release, The Merry Widows Collection!

Congratulations Stella and Happy 3rd Blogoversary! So happy for you—you are such a wonderful supporter of the romance genre and I’m so appreciative for all you do! Thanks for inviting me to the party.

Once upon a time there was a girl who loved to read. On a hot summer afternoon long ago, she stumbled across a pile of delicious books in the hall closet of her childhood home that happened to belong to her mother. One was entitled The Flame and The Flower. The other was The Awakening by Jude Deveraux.

While The Flame and The Flower certainly opened this teenage girl’s eyes to the wondrous world of romance (oh dear), it was The Awakening that created a, well, awakening within the girl. She promptly devoured every Jude Deveraux book she could get her hands on (she still has a particular fondness for the Montgomery series – all twenty bazillion of them). She discovered other authors as well (Judith McNaught, Lavyrle Spencer and Julie Garwood to name a few), and devoured their books as well. She was in seventh heaven, absorbing all of those delicious stories filled with adventure and romance.

She even thought she might like to write a romance novel one day—specifically a historical romance. A grand, sweeping tale filled with drama and promises of love and happily ever after. So she tried. And tried and tried and tried…

And discovered she was a terrible historical romance writer. Awful. She tried her hand at contemporary too and found it much more comfortable but alas, she never finished anything. She also allowed life to get in the way and forgot all about that foolish dream of ever becoming a romance writer…

Fast forward ten-plus years later and the girl had become a wife and a mother. She decided to try her hand at writing romances again and discovered something: she could complete an entire book, even if it wasn’t very good. Once she did that, she wrote a few more. Sold a few too. All of them contemporary romances, though she always felt that pull to write her first true love.

So when a story idea hit her smack in the nose, she knew she couldn’t ignore it. In fact, she went on to write that historical romance novella in a matter of days. Sold it in a matter of weeks to Carina Press. That little story became Lessons in Indiscretion, the first in her Merry Widows series.

There were a total of three Merry Widows novellas. Imagine the writer’s surprise when she received an email from the executive editor of Carina Press a few months ago saying the publisher was repackaging the Merry Widows series into an anthology. With a new cover and a new release date.

She was thrilled, especially when she saw the new cover! Isn’t it beautiful? She particularly approves of where the man’s hand is (the writer has a bit of a naughty streak) and hopes that readers who haven’t read the Merry Widows series will check out the all new repackaged The Merry Widows Collection (release date of March 15th).

So what is the purpose of this story? Just because you think you can’t doesn’t mean you, well…can’t. Sometimes you have to take a chance, believe in yourself and chase after your dreams. You’ll never know unless you try!

Contest time! Two digital copies of The Merry Widows Collection are up for grabs to two lucky winners! Just answer the following question: What is your favorite romance subgenre to read?

Bestselling romance author Karen Erickson writes what she loves to read — sexy contemporary romance and sensual historical romance. Digitally published since 2006, she currently writes for Samhain Publishing and Carina Press. A native Californian, she lives in the foothills below Yosemite with her husband and three children.

Where you can find Karen:

Enter a sinfully wicked world where three daring women encounter sexy rakes in these erotic adventures...

In Lessons in Indiscretion, widowed Lady Julia Renwick pursues the much younger Earl of Bedingfield and is shocked to discover she has much to learn from him when it comes to passion. In Her Christmas Pleasure, Damien Morton secretly craves the love of his best friend’s widow, Lady Danver, until a stolen kiss under the mistletoe ignites a desire they can no longer deny. In A Scandalous Affair, widowed Lady Pomeroy sets out to seduce the mysterious Marquess of Hartwell, deemed “Black Hart” by society, by wantonly inviting him to a private rendezvous...

Stories also available for purchase separately.

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Karen has generously offered an ebook copy of The Merry Widows Collection to two lucky commenters!

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Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 5 April 2013!

Good luck!

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