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I'm posting Karin's interview below. We're starting with some excitement first! Karin is doing a giveaway here today. Swing by her website at www.karintabke.com and find the answer to this question: Name the hero and heroine in Master of Surrender. Email your answer to me at nikki@nikkiduncan.com and put "Karin Tabke Contest" in the subject. We will announce the winner in tomorrow's blog post. The winner will receive a signed copy of Master of Torment.

And now, HOR Blog Readers....KARIN TABKE!!!!

How tumultuous was your writing journey, or where you one of those lucky writers who got picked up on the first attempt? Hah! I worked my ass off!!! To begin with I had to go back and take online grammar courses. My writing sucked. Hugely. I had to learn how to query, who to query, and oh, what a GMC and black moment was. As with most things I am passionate about, I dove in headfirst and just did it. But the rules were always there hovering and dragging me down. When I finally flung them off my shoulder and wrote how I wanted and what I wanted, I sold. Screw the rules!

How many books do you write a year and what have you seen the most results in doing promotions? I’ve written a lot of books these past three years and several of them twice. Last year I had 4 single title releases and one novella. It’s a lot of work, but a true labor of love. I love what I do. As far as the promo goes, I really dislike most aspects. What I enjoy most is doing exactly what I’m doing right now, chatting with fellow readers and writers. I love to blog, twitter and gab on the loops. But at the end of the day the most advantageous promo is what my publisher does for me. Distribution and co op. Getting my books on the shelves, so readers can find me or discover me. There is nothing else, in my opinion that can top that for promo.

What is your favorite book to write and why? This is not an easy question for me to answer. I love my hot cops. LOVE. THEM! I write what I know, and it comes easy to me. The medievals take more out of me mentally, and they are different. Voice, style and depth. Each book I write is my favorite until I type The End on the next one. J

If you were a nail polish, what would it be called and why? Lol, now that is a question I have never been asked! I used to wear Heartbreaker Red, but now I go with the classic French manicure look. Red is good for certain occasions but the classic French never goes out of style.

Tell us about your book MASTER OF CRAVING. When does it come out and can you give us an excerpt for our readers? MASTER OF CRAVING, book three in the Blood Sword Legacy releases the last Tuesday in May. I am VERY excited about this story. It’s a twist on the David and Bathsheba love triangle. Oh, the extents a man will go to claim the woman he caves above all others! I really love this series. Men were men and women were women and there was no PC quagmire to slog through.

Here’s a blurb:

MASTER of CRAVING, book three in the Blood Sword Legacy

Eight mercenary knights, each of them base born, each of them bound by unspeakable torture in a Saracen prison, each of them branded with the mark of the sword for life. Each of their destinies marked by a woman.

‘Twas whispered along the Marches the demon knights who rode upon black horses donned in black mail wielding black swords would slay any man, woman or child who dared look upon them. ‘Twas whispered their loyalty was only to the other and no man could split them asunder, nor was there enough gold or silver in the kingdom to buy their oath. ‘Twas well known each of them was touched not by the hand of God but by Lucifer himself.

‘Twas also whispered, but only by the bravest of souls, that each Blood Sword was destined to find only one woman in all of Christendom who would bear him and only him sons, and until that one woman was found, he would battle and ravage the land...

…but the darkest secret whispered was that there was one among them whose violent craving for the one woman he could not have would be the spark that would set an entire region on fire, and nearly bring down a kingdom, with the aftermath to be felt for the next thousand years.

An excerpt should be up on my web site by the time this blog posts. Check it out www.karintabke.com and follow the link, and also feel free to hang out at The Write Life, my bloggy blog.


Great answers, Karin and thank you for being here! I'm going to go check out that excerpt. :)

Comments (18)

On March 26, 2009 at 12:49 PM , Jax Cassidy said...

**Waves at Karin**

Your book sounds YUMMY! So glad you're here!

 
On March 26, 2009 at 12:52 PM , Karin Tabke said...

hey girl! how are you? will i see you in DC???

 
On March 26, 2009 at 12:56 PM , Dannyfiredragon said...

Hi Karin,

girls if you haven't read Karin's Blood Sword Legacy books I can highly recommend them. This series really rocks and is highly addictive. I can hardly wait to read Master of Craving.

 
On March 26, 2009 at 1:08 PM , Jill James said...

Darn, May is so long away. Can't wait for Master of Craving. The other two were awesome.

 
On March 26, 2009 at 1:10 PM , Naughty Nikki Duncan said...

Karin, I love what you said about working your ass off and then throwing the rules out the window. It's soo true how that has to happen. LOL

 
On March 26, 2009 at 1:35 PM , Munk said...

Oh Karin, how could I ever choose between your Hott Cops and your Sexy Masters? I love them all. I'm dying dying dying for Master Of Craving! I want to come live in your fantasy land.......

 
On March 26, 2009 at 1:40 PM , Joy said...

*Oh, the extents a man will go to claim the woman he craves above all others!*

Karin,
You can't posibly know that this type of storyling is my absolute fav!!! Oh dear goodness, if I thought you had me before, I now know you are going to take me down with this one. Sob, I know I will not be able to quit you (lol), and oh how I will love not being able to. NOW YOU HAVE MADE ME CRAZED!

 
On March 26, 2009 at 1:54 PM , Cathy M said...

Hi Karin, what a great post. I had a blast reading the excerpts for this series. Don't know how I missed them, but the first two books are now on my wish list.

 
On March 26, 2009 at 3:11 PM , Karin Tabke said...

Hi, Danny! Thank you for the kudos and the plug. I really love those guys!

Thank you, Jill. May does seem to far off in the distance. But it will be here before we know it!

Nikki, it's true. I had a conversation with my almost 23 year old this morning. I told him he needs to make up his mind regarding his degree and then not let anything stand it the way of achieving his goals. Just do it. it's the same with writing. Hell, it's the same with anything.

 
On March 26, 2009 at 3:14 PM , Karin Tabke said...

Munk, I can't chose between them! :) I do so love my fantasy land...

Joy, Joy, Joy! I oh so love to make you crazed!

Hi, Cathy, glad you enjoyed the excerpt. I need to get a few more up. One of these days...

 
On March 26, 2009 at 4:27 PM , Jane said...

Hi Karin,
I can't wait for "Master of Craving" to be released. Are you just concentrating on writing the Blood Sword Legacy books or are you working on other stories?

 
On March 26, 2009 at 5:23 PM , Karin Tabke said...

Jane, I hope my publisher wants more Blood Sword Legacy books! I love writing them! I love the hot cops too. Working really hard on a new RS series proposal. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

 
On March 26, 2009 at 5:41 PM , Naughty Nikki Duncan said...

Between here and my inbox this is a hopping chat! Keep the entries coming and chat it up!

 
On March 26, 2009 at 7:23 PM , Greta said...

Just wanted to come by and say hi. I do have a question for Karin - where did you take the online-grammer course for grammer.I wonder if the websites are still available.

 
On March 26, 2009 at 7:28 PM , Karin Tabke said...

Greta it has been so long ago I don't remember. But they was daily lessons. Quickies. It was so easy and at the end of each week you got a little quiz. I did it for over a year and it was free. Try goggling free online grammar courses. I'm sure something will pop up. Good luck!

 
On March 26, 2009 at 8:26 PM , Amy S. said...

Great interview! Master of Craving sounds great!

 
On March 26, 2009 at 10:30 PM , Naughty Nikki Duncan said...

Man, where did the day go?

Greta,if you can't find the online class, you could check the continuing ed classes through local ISDs. I took a great grammar class from a magazine editor when I was starting writing. And it was very inexpensive.

Karin, thanks for being with us. I have LOTS of entries sitting in my email for the contest. We'll draw a winner tomorrow.

So if you haven't already entered for your chance to win, you still have time.

 
On March 26, 2009 at 10:38 PM , Karin Tabke said...

Thank you, NIkki for the invite, and everyone for keeping me company today!