Monday, August 17, 2009

Karin Tabke - Master of Craving - She's here!!

This week we have none other than the fabulous Karin Tabke in the land. Karin is not only an amazing author, but she has to be one of the sweetest people I know.

I first meet her at RT this past year, which was so cool, then in DC at RWA nationals, we got to hang out quite a bit. Let me tell you Karin knows how to have a great time and still be such a gracious person to those of us fan girls. Yep, I might be a writer, but I’m still a fan girl.

Karin will be here off and on this week to say hello and answer questions. Yay!!! And on Wednesday’s she’ll be here with an interview. Fun Stuff!

Enough of that
(for now), let’s get on with this week’s contest.

Master of Craving is Book three in the Blood Sword Legacy series. And here’s just one of her awesome reviews.

"Tabke's alpha heroes and strong-willed women captivate. Her third Blood Sword Legacy novel is a powerful battle-of-wills love story that resonates with the atmosphere of the era and simmering passion, betrayals and politics that add depth to a stirring tale."
-- Romantic Times

Sounds great, right? It is.

Here’s the backcover blurb:

The Blood Sword LegacyEight knights bound by a brotherhood forged in hell claim their legacies the only way they can: by right of arms, by right of victory, by right of conquest.
Most of England has submitted to King William, but Wales refuses to yield. The King's trusted Blood Swords are unable to prevail, and while Stefan de Valrey is left unconscious on the battlefield, his sworn brothers are captured. Despite terribile injuries, Stefan vows to liberate them. Even rescuing a delicately beautiful -- and naked -- maiden from peril cannot deter him, for the silver-eyed Arianrhod is a Welsh princess, a hostage Stefan can exchange for his long as Arian remains as pure as when he met her. But that is a constraint Stefan finds harder to honor with every passing day.

When the scowling knight slings her across his saddle, Arian knows she should fix all her thoughts on escape. But Arian has never before experienced the deep, soul-changing desire that Stefan arouses with merely a glance. Breaking their vows could set two kingdoms ablaze -- can they control the sweet, terrible burning between them?

Now that you’re dying to know more, you can go here for an excerpt.

Are you back? Dying to read the book? Have you read the first two? If so, please no spoilers. :)
Well then, leave those comments and questions all week to be entered.

In fact, there may just be a surprise for one the people who ask Karin a question. So bring ‘em on. But remember to play responsibly. Heehee.



CrystalGB said...

I would love to read Karin's book. Love the cover.

Amy M said...

I have not read any in this series, but they look so good! I am very anxious to now!

I do have a question. When you start writing a series, do you have an idea of how many books will be in it? Do you see the final result when you start, or do you just keep going until you feel that you have done all you can with that line?

Thanks again!
Amy M
atc218 at aol dot com

kltabke said...

Vicki and Laurie thanx for having me! Crystal, I'm really proud of this series. I hope you pick up a book, and better yet, love reading it as much as I loved writing it!

Hi, Amy, the answer is yes and no. When I wrote MASTER OF SURRENDER, book one in the Blood Sword Legacy series I knew there would be the potential of at least 8 books because there are 8 Blood Swords. The life of a series comes right down to numbers. How well is it selling. If the numbers are good and readers clamor for more, the publisher buys more books.

Karin Tabke

Anonymous said...

OMG these books are HAWT *drool* Karin, you write wicked sexy medieval heroes :D
Do you spend a lot of time outlining or plotting before you start writing?

LKap said...

Karin -
Welcome to the blog, it's so awesome for you to be here.

Now ladies I must say, these are awesome books and since there is a chance you might win book 3 - you might as well go buy book 1& 2 so you're ready. You so won't be disappointed!!!!! Love this series.


Vicki said...

Karin - (Vicki waving) I'm so glad you're here this week. We've been looking forward to having you.

Hey Everyone - Karin's books are awesome and this is going to be a fun week. :)

Leanne I said...

I know I bought and read the first one but can't find it!!

Just went out and bought the first one again!!

Can't wait to get into it.

Bella said...

Ooh, Karin, I lurve your books! I already have the first two in the series and I am *craving& the third. He he!

You're probably asked this often, but I wonder if you work on more than one project at once -- ore really, more than one series? I think it would be hard to go from modern day cops to medieval knights? Even if they have some of the same qualities, the worlds are so different!


kltabke said...

Bonnie Jean they are hawt!
I spend a lot of time thinking about things, and character gmc's. I scribble notes everywhere (i'm very unorganized) but then when it all clicks in my head, I write it down in a somewhat orderly fashion and then begin my story.

Hey, Laurie and Vicki thanks for having me! And double thank you so much for the pimpage!

kltabke said...

Leanne hold on to that second one!

Hey, Bella, thank you! in answer to your question, no. i have to focus on one project at a time, especially when I'm working on the historicals. They require a lot of concentration and research.

Kytaira said...

I've heard great things about this series.

Since all of your other books are contemporaries (to my knowledge), did you have to do alot of research? Or were you already a medieval fan?

Eva S said...

I've read the two first books and can't wait for this one! Wonderful books!

Will all your books be in this series now or are you planning some more gorgeous cops?

NoelleS. said...

Hi Karen, Ladies;

I have a question, how do you keep your books fresh? Is it hard to stay out of a run, especially when you are writing a series of books?

Do you ever write a book anyway, even if the publisher isn't interested, just to finish a story?

Hope you all have a great day. Thanks for the contest.

Armenia said...

Karen, that was an enticing excerpt for MASTER OF CRAVING. I love historicals and now I wonder how I missed this series.

I can imagine the research you had to do for this medieval series. Do you have a favorite from the series? Any actors come to mind when envisioning the hero as you write?

armiefox at yahoo dot com

jeanette8042 said...

I love the cover and i have a question: What inspired the creation of this story and its characters?

kltabke said...

Kytaira, I'm so happy to hear you've heard good things about the Blood Sword Legacy series. I love these guys and love writing their stories. In answer to your questions, yes and yes. Lot's of research on an era I love.

Thanks Eva! So glad to hear you enjoyed SURRENDER and TORMENT, I hope you love CRAVING as much. More gorgeous cops are on the horizon!

kltabke said...

Noelle, it's hard. It takes a lot of effort to keep the stories fresh, but each character is unique and that certainly helps. They all have their own story to tell, and so, I just go wit it.
I don't have time write a complete novel just to write it. I'm a working writer and right now I write only contracted work. My deadlines are fairly set for the next year, so no time for non-contracted work.

Glad you enjoyed the excerpt, Armenia. I don't know how you missed my series either! :) As far as a fave goes, I love them all the best when I'm writing it. But if I had to admit to one it would be TORMENT. Shhh don't tell Rohan or Stefan.

Cathy M said...

I love your heroes, Karin, and this series is on my of favorites. Can't wait to read Master of Craving.