Karen Hawkins reads from her Scottish Historical before it’s even released at our May Salon

Karen Hawkins

Karen Hawkins writes. Full-time. At her home in Orlando, FL. Sitting on a lounge chair on her lanai. While drinking diet coke. And watching HGTV.

In the nude.

Ok, ok. She’s kidding about the ‘in the nude’ part, but the rest of it is true.

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of over 20 humorous historical and contemporary romance novels, Karen doesn’t have time for ‘friends’, although she’s been known to haunt the yards of a few, select well known actors, particularly a sexy Australian with the initials H.J. Fortunately, the two actors who filed injunctions against Karen don’t live in her home state so she’s free to travel within the borders of Florida and can, with permission of the court, even visit Southern Georgia and 3/4ths of the state of Tennessee.

For now.

Several years ago, Karen married a handsome cop she met while researching her first contemporary romance novel, Talk of the Talk. Her husband, aka Hot Cop, has turned into an exemplary Writer’s Husband. He has learned to ‘talk writing,’ knows the fastest routes to all of the major mail carriers, and can tell the difference between an erasable colored pencil and a regular one. He also knows not to ask for meals during Deadline Dementia Week.

Like all good Writer’s Husbands, Hot Cop has learned the value of a good glass of Merlot during dreaded Release Week.

When not at home working her fingers to the bone, Karen frequently visits her two grown children who attend college in Knoxville, TN, doing what she can to remind them that they would not be walking this earth without her and that they must wash behind their ears every single day of their life or something very, very bad could happen to the world.

They, naturally, look forward to her visits with great excitement.

An award-winning author, Karen is working alternately on two series – her historical Hurst Amulet series set in Regency-era Scotland and her contemporary Glory, NC series, which combines the best of the romance genre with the best of the mystery genre.

Contact Karen

If you’d like to contact Karen, please feel free to email her at KarenHawkinsAuthor@gmail.com or write to her at: Karen Hawkins, P.O. Box 149924, Orlando, FL 32814.

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Denver’s Lady Jane’s is excited to have Karen join us via SKYPE to read from her yummy Scottish HistoricalThe Taming of a Scottish Princess at the May 8th, 2012 salon.

Karen Docter reads about Bustiers, Birds & the Blues at our May Salon

Karen Docter

Karen Docter writes both romantic suspense (Women hunted by killers…men who’d die to protect them) and contemporary romance (The lighter side of romance – Not a killer in sight…unless it’s killer heat!) because her muse tends to dance across the line between light and dark on a whim. Imagine the challenge she presents when she’s dancing back and forth at the same time!

Karen’s won numerous writing awards including the Category (Series) Romantic Mystery Suspense unpublished division of the 2005 Daphne du Maurier Award.  She’s a four-time Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® finalist and a charter member of The Golden Network® & RWA® PRO®. Also a member of Colorado Romance Writers, Kiss of Death Romance Writers & From The Heart Romance Writers, she’s fostered literacy as a speaker at local Jr./High schools, tutored composition and reading classes, and taught college level English composition.

Her debut contemporary romance, Satin Pleasures, was a Golden Heart® finalist and released on Valentine’s Day 2012. The first of her Thorne’s Thorns romantic suspense series, Killing Secrets, will be a June 2012 release.
The British historian, Arnold Toynbee, once said, “The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.” It’s one of Karen’s favorite quotes. Why? She derives the greatest pleasure blurring that line every day.

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Denver’s Lady Jane’s is excited to have Karen join us in person to read from her sexy-fun contemporary romance Satin Pleasures at the May 8th, 2012 salon.

Rakes and Scotsmen and Mojo Voodoo at the April 2012 Salon


April Salon Wrap-up

Rakes and Scotsmen and Mojo Voodoo.  What do these three things have in common? Well, romance novels for  one. Oh, and also the three books we heard selections from at our April Salon.

 

The night started out with the amazing she-has-so-many-RITA-nominations-this-year-we’re-all-jealous

 Vicky Dreiling.  She took time out of her busy schedule of getting lost at the Romance Times Convention in Chicago to Skype with us. She read a selection from her new release How to Ravish a Rake where our hero Will strikes a bargain with Amy, a not so shrinking violet. She wants to get to know her new husband better, he’d like to do the same, with his kisses.

All the attendees at the salon got to walk away with a copy of this book, generously sent over by Vicky and her publisher!

After the reading Vicky answered questions about writing, publishing and how it feels to be nominated for three RITAs in a year.

Thanks Vicky for sharing this fantastic story and your time with us.

 

 

Next up pre-pubbed author Amy Denim read got us all excited about Suzanne Brockmann’s newest book, Born to Darkness.

This story she described as X-Men meets Romance is the first in a new paranormal series for Suz. But never fear  Troubleshooters and Seal Team Six fans, our hero, Shane Laughlin is an former Navy SEAL.

Amy chose a scene she felt showcased the relationship between Shane and the tough-as-nails-but-deeply-flawed heroine Michelle ‘Mac’ Mackenzie.  How can you go wrong with a heroine who has a mojo voodoo and a hero who has the hots for her despite that fact?  Oh, you can’t.

 

 

 

 

Bringing the night to a fantastic close, Sara Ramsey read from her self-pubbed book. We got to he

ar about how marrying Prudence would be like marrying a sheep or a dishrag for the powerful Malcolm MacCabe.  Good thing he stumbled across Lady Amelia Staunton in the library.  Sara Ramsey, you can write me a library anytime. Whew!

Sara answered questions afterwards about self pubbing, having an agent and the future for poor not-a-dishrag Prudence.

Thanks for coming all the way out to see us Sara (and for giving away and signing some free books!)
Don’t miss out on the next Denver Lady Jane’s Salon

Date: Tuesday, May 8th, 2012
Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: The Wine Loft at LoDo (1527 Wazee St. Denver, CO 80202)
Note: While food and drinks are available, it is not required to order a meal or to drink wine in order to attend this event.

Guest Authors:

Lynda Hilburn reading LIVE

Karen Docter  reading LIVE

Elise Rome reading LIVE

Entrance Fee: $5.00 cash or one gently used romance book (proceeds go to Hope House of Colorado)

There is a $5.00 PARKING LOT at the end of Wazee about a block from the Wine Loft. Heading west on Wazee pass 15th, it will be on the right just east of the creek.

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April Salon!


April Denver Lady Jane’s Salon

  

Date: Tuesday, April 10th, 2012
Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: The Wine Loft at LoDo (1527 Wazee St. Denver, CO 80202)
Note: While food and drinks are available, it is not required to order a meal or to drink wine in order to attend this event.

Guest Authors:

Sara Ramsey reading LIVE

Vicky Dreiling  Via SKYPE

Amy Denim reading Suzanne Brockmann’s new release LIVE

Entrance Fee: $5.00 cash or one gently used romance book (proceeds go to Hope House of Colorado)

There is a $5.00 PARKING LOT at the end of Wazee about a block from the Wine Loft. Heading west on Wazee pass 15th, it will be on the right just east of the creek.

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Amy Denim reads from her favorite author Suzanne Brockmann’s new release

Suzanne Brockmann

Since her explosion onto the publishing scene more than ten years ago, Suzanne Brockmann has written over fifty books, and is now widely recognized as one of the leading voices in romantic suspense. Her work has earned her repeated appearances on the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists, as well as numerous awards, including Romance Writers of America’s #1 Favorite Book of the Year (three years running), two RITA Awards, and many Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Awards.
Married to author Ed Gaffney, Suz divides her time between Sarasota, Florida; Boston, Massachusetts and New York City. They have two grown children, Melanie, who is a personal trainer, and Jason, who is an actor and tap dancer, and two miniature schnauzers, C.K. Dexter-Haven and Little Joe, both of whom (unlike Mel and Jason) still live at home.

Suz is a proud member of PFLAG — Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. She is also a card-carry

ing member of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Human Rights Campaign, and MassEquality. A firm believer in civil rights for all people, she has fought hard to bring equal marriage rights to all citizens of her home state, Massachusetts.

Suz also recently produced her first independent feature-length movie, a romantic comedy called THE PERFECT WEDDING, that she co-wrote with her husband Ed and her son Jason. The film is currently in post-production. Find out more atwww.ThePerfectWeddingMovie.com or www.facebook.com/ThePerfectWeddingM ovie

Visit Suz’s Website atwww.SuzanneBrockmann.com

Find her on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/SuzanneBrockmannBooks
and www.facebook.com/SuzBrockmannFOJ

Follow her on Twitter at
www.twitter.com/SuzBrockmann

Denver’s Lady Jane’s is excited to have Amy Denim read from Suz’s new release Born to Darkness at the April 10th, 2012 salon.