IT IS WITH GREAT PLEASURE WE WELCOME TODAY….
NYT and USA TODAY BESTSELLING WRITER….
~THE DEVIL OF CLAN SINCLAIR~
We are MBA&M would like to wish you congratulations on your latest release!
MBA&M: Karen, for those readers who may not know Karen Ranney, please give them a glimpse into your writing, and life?
KAREN:That question always silences me. It’s like when you’re at a job interview and they say, “Tell me a little about yourself.” You don’t know whether to say that you’ve recently tried to take up drawing but your portraits look one dimensional and you never get the noses right. Or do you say that you were awarded the “Cutest Cubby” prize at your last job?
So, what do I say about myself?
I’m a full time writer who has been in the publishing industry for twenty years this year – I’m counting from the time I was informed that Kensington Publishing purchased three of my books. Granted, the first book didn’t actually get published until 1995 – but that’s just another excuse for a celebration in two years.
I write historical romance – predominantly Scottish Victorian right now, although I’ve done some books set in England. Under my pseudonym of Katherine Storm, I write contemporary romance, mysteries, and romantic suspense.
I am the proud guardian (since the word “owner” doesn’t seem quite right) of a very opinionated Shetland Sheepdog. Flash, the co-author of his own book called Flash Fables, has taught me a great deal about life and humans since coming into my life in 2010.
MBA&M: What do you think the appeal of not only Historical Romance but those sexy, hard nosed, Scottish Highlanders, to today’s readers?
KAREN: I think it’s the same appeal that Texans have, or rugged individualists. We really want men to be men. We want men to be manly. There’s just something wondrously appealing about a man with a burr in his voice and a glint in his eye. I think it also has something to do with our wanting a hero. A man who refuses to back down, who fights for his freedom or his land is the epitome of a hero, don’t you think?
I think historical romance is a lot like fantasy in some ways. The world writers create is based on history (or should be) but our individual interpretation of it varies. We’re creating our own world. I like historical romance because there are more rules that dictate behavior. Scandal and shame were real concepts. Privacy was prevalent.
At times, I want to escape. I want to fall in love with a handsome Scot. I want the world I inhabit – for however long it takes me to read a book – to be one not of my making but a different, wondrous place. That’s what historical romance gives me.
MBA&M: Your latest release, THE DEVIL OF CLAN SINCLAIR, has or will soon release, inquiring minds what to know, or me anyway, what are you doing to celebrate your newest release?
KAREN: I’m putting oodles and oodles of books on sale. Avon is putting six of my ebooks (five of them voted on by readers) on sale for $1.99. Is that great, or what? To match them, I’ve put all my backlist and my Katherine Storm ebooks on sale for $1.99.
I’m also doing a large drawing on my website, Facebook, and the Warm Fuzzies Newsletter. (Plus, I’d like to give away a copy of The Devil of Clan Sinclair to a commenter – of your choice – here.)
MBA&M: When you are creating your hero/heroine do you have a specific person/event in mind or do they appear of their own accord to your mind?
KAREN: I always start a book with characters. If I can’t know the characters, I don’t have a book to write. I never have anyone I’ve seen in mind – they just kind of pop into my consciousness and then they’re there. Not necessarily forever, because when a book is finished I get the strongest feeling that the characters turn to me and say, “Enough, already. You’ve pried enough, lass. Go away now.”
MBA&M: Who’s your favorite secondary character in THE DEVIL OF CLAN SINCLAIR? And what role do they play in your story?
KAREN: The main secondary characters in The Devil of Clan Sinclair go on to get their own stories in the trilogy. Mairi? She’s one of those courageous woman we read about in history. I adore Ellice; she’s overlooked by everyone and is truly funny. Mairi’s story is The Witch of Clan Sinclair (the hero in the story is beginning to think Mairi is a witch – why else would he lose his mind around her?). Ellice’s story is The Virgin of Clan Sinclair – (she’s more than willing to divest herself of her virginity – to the shock of her family).
MBA&M: Now, let’s have some fun, let’s play: IN THE MOVIES: When you seen or hear of this movie what is the first thing that comes to mind?
1. Titanic – Reincarnation. Ever since my son was a little boy, he’s been fixated on the Titanic. Collects everything he can find about the ship. (I never watched the movie, though. I am not a fan of DiCaprio.)
2. Gone with the Wind – I wanted to slap Scarlett up the side of the head.
3. Rob Roy – I would have liked the movie more if he didn’t look like he needed a bath. I know, it was realistic but still…
4. Braveheart – great movie, lousy history.
and least but not least
5. Highlander – loved that series
MBA&M: *Great answers by the way*
MBA&M: Now, if you do not mind, please tell our readers where they may connect with you and where they may purchase THE DEVIL OF CLAN SINCLAIR?
Let’s see – I’m everywhere, I’m everywhere:
Karen, do you have anything you would wish to add today?
Thank you for inviting me – and as far as the Cutest Cubby award, I actually won that. I always bought silly things for my workspace – like the welcome mat that quacked when people came into my cubby and the scream button that was mounted on the cubby wall.
Here’s the blurb:*From the author’s website*
To dance with the devil. . .
For Virginia Traylor, Countess of Barrett, marriage was merely the vehicle to buy her father a title. Widowhood, however, brings a host of problems. For her husband deliberately spent the money intended for Virginia and her in-laws, leaving them penniless—unless she produces an heir. Desperate and confused, Virginia embarks on a fateful journey that brings her to the doorstep of the only man she’s ever loved…
He’s known as The Devil, but Macrath Sinclair doesn’t care. He moved to a tiny Scottish village in hopes of continuing his work as an inventor and starting a family of his own. He bought the house; he chose the woman. Unfortunately, Virginia didn’t choose him. Macrath knows he should turn her away now, but she needs him, and he wants her more than ever. Whatever game Virginia’s playing, Macrath intends to win—one wickedly seductive deed at a time . .
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Thanks to Karen, we are offering a print copy (with signed bookplate to follow), to 1 lucky commenter of “THE DEVIL OF CLAN SINCLAIR”. Giveaway will run from July 30 until August 6,2013.
*For a little fun: what is your favorite historical genre: Regency England,American Western,Scottish,Vikings or any historical*
Thank you everyone for spending time with us and our guest today! Have fun and spread the word!