Guest post by Karen Erickson + Giveaway

Filed in featured , Giveaways , Guest Post , Karen Erickson , The Latin Lover Posted on November 21, 2012 @ 7:00 am 28 comments

Today we are very happy to welcome back to Book Lovers Inc. Karen Erickson, author of many steamy and sensual romances who this time is celebrating the release of a tame, sweet and gentle romance! Read on to learn more about Jane’s Gift and what Karen thought of this new experience, and you could even win some terrific prizes, from Starbucks gift card to a Kindle Paperwhite! woohoo! 😀

Changing It Up
by Karen Erickson

I was first published in 2006—and it was a short erotic novella. As the years went on, I wrote hotter, and hotter…until I reached the pinnacle of hotness for me (Playing With Fire series anyone?). My voice naturally leans toward the sexier stuff and I really enjoy writing on the sexier side. But I must admit…I reached a point where I was feeling burned out.

Burned out on trying to out-hot myself, I think. So I decided to take a step back and write something a little sweeter (okay, a lot sweeter). Here is where I must confess: JANE’S GIFT was originally written in 2009. Right after I wrote the first two books from the uber-sexy Playing With Fire series. Talk about a change of pace.

It was freeing, though, writing Jane. I brought in kids, I brought in a big family that is very protective of their still emotionally fragile sister/daughter and I decided to give her a firefighter hero. My dad is a retired arson investigator so I grew up around fire stations and the like. A firefighter is a real hero. Strong and dependable and bonus points, they wear a uniform. 😀

But the subject matter of JANE’S GIFT is kind of heavy. I worried at times it was too depressing (in fact, I had a rejection from an editor who flat out said it was too depressing). Plus, it was hard to balance Jane’s poor dead husband and her love for him versus her growing feelings for the hot and handsome fire captain Chris. It’s so easy to make the long gone husband a villain, you know? I didn’t want to do that. I wanted him to be real. A man she mourned the loss of, who she still loved and who had flaws.

And guess what? Chris has a lot of flaws, too. So does Jane. They make mistakes and when they do, they own up to them. That was my goal with the book and is now my goal with the entire series. I want these characters to be real and relatable. I want them to touch the readers’ hearts and make them smile and make them wish they had a family like that. Or even think, my family is just like that.

Let’s finally mention the one thing I’ve had a lot of people ask me: Why the closed door love scenes? First of all, Entangled’s Bliss Imprint is their sweeter line so I had to follow the guidelines LOL. I know it’s not my usual style but I hope the sexual tension weaved throughout the story accompanied with the romance between the hero and heroine is enough to keep the reader satisfied.

And wait until you read Cameron’s book (Jane’s big brother). I think the romance between Cam and Chloe is so sexy…hopefully readers will agree. (CAMERON’S HOMECOMING is scheduled for a Spring 2013 release).

I’ve enjoyed writing about the McKenzie family and I hope to write more books in the Lone Pine Lake series. I’m hopeful readers feel the same way!

Happy Holidays!

Jane’s Gift by Karen Erickson

Book #1 in the Lone Pine Lake series

A fire captain afraid of commitment. A widow afraid of fire. Can the holidays bring them together?

A devastating house fire cost Jane Clark nearly everything: her husband, her confidence, and her looks, with the physical scars marbling her body. Now, two years later, she’s living and healing back in her childhood hometown of Lone Pine Lake. The upcoming holidays are the perfect opportunity to bring some Christmas cheer into her young children’s lives, starting with a visit to the firehouse, where her brother’s best friend has offered to help quell their residual fears.

Lone Pine’s resident playboy, fire captain Christian Nelson is happy with his single-guy lifestyle. He’s an everyday local hero, so he’s never wanting for attention around the holidays. But when Jane Clark shows up, Chris is immediately drawn to the beautiful widow–even though kids and commitment have never been his style.

Despite her brother’s warnings about his friend’s playboy status and dangerous occupation, Jane can’t help but fall for the gorgeous fire captain. The holidays are a time of new beginnings, but can two scarred people find the strength to let go of their pasts to live in the present, when a lifetime together might be the sweetest gift of all?

Read an excerpt here

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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.

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There are TWO giveaways offered by Karen!

A Blog Giveaway

Karen has generously offered a $20 USD Starbucks gift card to a lucky commenter, because everyone needs a Gingerbread Latte during the holiday season! 😉 

(For a chance to win a $10 USD Amazon Gift Card click HERE.)

All you have to do is leave a comment and tell us: do you prefer your romance novels on the steamier or sweeter side? Or you like both, depending on your current mood?

(You can read our full giveaway policy here)

Please be sure to include a valid email address in the comment form (need not be in the actual body of the comment).

This giveaway is open to all!

Giveaway ends on Saturday, 8 December 2012; we will announce the winner on Sunday.

Good luck!

And a Grand Prize Giveaway!

Karen is giving away a beautiful gift box necklace by Jol Creations and a Kindle Paperwhite to one lucky reader who follows her book tour.

Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below:

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For more chances follow the tour HERE.

This giveaway is open to all and ends on 21 December 2012!

About Stella

Stella is a proud bookaholic and a self-taught multilinguist in training. Besides reading, her other great passions are travelling and baking. When she is not globetrotting she lives in sunny Budapest, where she loves to spend her free time preparing (and feasting on) delicious cookies or devouring equally yummy books. Her favourite genres are urban fantasy and romance and she couldn't live without her daily dose of sunshine. Besides being the Latin Lover on BLI Stella also blogs about books and a bookish life on Ex Libris.

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  • Lesley D November 21, 2012 at 10:11 am

    I like both steamy and sweet! It definitely depends on my mood. Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  • JenM November 21, 2012 at 10:40 am

    I really do like both types. Sometimes the steamy scenes take away from character development, so it’s nice to read a book that doesn’t depend on them.

  • Linda Scarchuk November 21, 2012 at 10:47 am

    I like both but sometimes it is nice to be sweet and have lots of seduction. The lead up is so sweet…

  • Eva P. November 21, 2012 at 11:14 am

    I first fell in love with reading sweet romances, until I found out there were steamy stories!

  • aurian November 21, 2012 at 11:39 am

    I still prefer reading the sweeter romances, I often skip the too many love scenes in my books, after reading one or two.

  • elaing8 November 21, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    I like mine on the steamier side. The steamier the better 🙂

  • Victoria Zumbrum November 21, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    I love both steamier and sweet. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me in contest.

  • Maureen November 21, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    I like both, as long as it’s a good story.

  • Jess1 November 21, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    I like both sweet and steamy. Although, some steamy ones have too many or too long smexy scenes that I have skipped or skimmed them, or wished the story had more plot, substance or dialogue.

  • Andrea M. November 21, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    I prefer romance novels that are on the sweeter side.

  • Elena November 21, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    I like it sweet.

  • Michele Hayes November 21, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    It depends on what mood I’m in…but I love both! Thanks for the giveaway and best of luck on your new release!!

  • Jen B. November 21, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    I read both. I try to mix it up so I don’t get bored. But sometimes I’m just in the mood for something a little steamy!

  • Alaine November 21, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    I like them on the sweet side.
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  • Karen Erickson November 21, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Thanks everyone for stopping by today! I must admit, I prefer reading the steamier books but I do enjoy a sweet book as well. It’s nice to mix it up – and hey if the story is good and the couple is swoon-worthy romantic, then I’m happy. 🙂

  • Yadira A. November 21, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    You said it best… I like both depending on my current mood:) Happy Thanksgiving!

  • flchen1 November 22, 2012 at 12:06 am

    I like both, depending on my mood 🙂 Sometimes I prefer it hotter; other times, I love to focus on the sweet core of a romance 🙂

  • ab bokhari November 22, 2012 at 7:29 am

    I like both

  • Liene November 22, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Definitely steamy! If I want sweet, I’ll eat a bar of chocolate.

  • Penni November 22, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    I vary depending on my moods and what is going on around me.

  • bn100 November 24, 2012 at 3:28 am

    I like both, depending on mood.

  • Diane Sallans November 24, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    definitely both – depending on my mood and what I’ve read recently

  • Dee November 25, 2012 at 12:38 am

    I would have to say both depending on my mood. I like a balanced read! 🙂

  • chris g. November 25, 2012 at 12:44 am

    i like sweet!

  • Heather S November 25, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Sweet! 🙂

  • Chelsea B. November 26, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Both. Both. Definitely both. 🙂

  • Angel Cullen November 27, 2012 at 9:32 am

    It certainly depends on my mood 🙂
    I enjoy both steamy and sweet !

  • Readsalot81 December 1, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    I like to mix it up with both sweet and steamy though I admit for having a preference for steamy ! 🙂

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