You read that title right, I’m participating in my first Instagram Hop! If you’re a reader of Romance, of any kind, then this is for you. Look at those prizes! Follow me on IG to see the rules and how to enter @HeatherKarnAuthor. How can anyone pass this up when it’s so easy to enter?
Week 16: Melanie Gilbert
Book: Alpha King
Well now, if there’s anything you want to know about Melanie (I mean anything), I’m your person. I know way more about her than most people, considering she’s my sister. So if there’s anything embarrassing or fun you want to know, hit me up! I’d do a “This is how we met” explanation, but that would be awkward, so I’ll leave it that I’m a few minutes older than she is, and yes, I hang it over her head. I also can tell you that she’s an amazing author! Her stories are unique and fun, with twists and turns you don’t see coming. Alpha King is awesome! If you love shifter books and you haven’t read it yet…you need to remedy that quickly. Like, now. Right now. And I’m not just saying that because Melanie probably has something on me. Nope, it’s the truth! Read it!
By the age of nineteen, Ryske thought he’d be long gone from his pack in North Carolina. As an arctic wolf shifter in a pack of red wolves, he’s an outcast. When he finds himself thrown into a portal to another world, he’s in way over his head.
In a world where wolves once roamed with other shifters and mages, he competes to claim the princess’s hand, making him instant enemies with Dirk, a lion shifter. But what choice does Ryske have other than to fight for the princess when a wolf, not a lion, is destined to be crowned Alpha King?
Alpha King: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DV4PZ6Q/
Week 13: Heather Hildenbrand
Book: Dirty Blood
Heather and I interacted a little on Facebook over the last few years, but more so last year when we started sprinting together in a Facebook group (that’s basically where you write at the same time to keep one another motivated). We got to meet for the first time in Frankenmuth, MI and I was so excited to meet her! Y’all, she’s so sweet and funny, and just a fun person to be around. When we met up at Penned Con 2018 a group of us chatted for a while when she arrived and it was great. And you guessed it: I had to buy a copy of Dirty Blood! I’d had the ebook on my kindle for forever and one day I felt inclined to read it, and I wasn’t disappointed in the least! It’s completely amazing! Yup, I gained yet another book boyfriend. Don’t worry, you will too!!
I killed a girl last night.
I’m not a murderer—but then she wasn’t a normal girl, either. One minute she was a stranger with a chip on her shoulder and the next she was a wolf. Right down to the teeth and claws. There was no stopping her attack, but somehow, I knew exactly what to do when I decided to fight for my life. By the time I stood over her lifeless body, she was human again.
That’s when he showed up.
We’re not going to be friends. I know that. But I don’t think friendship is what he’s after. Not with me.
A complicated relationship is the last thing I need right now. Turns out, everything I was taught is a lie. Now, there are only two things I know for sure. One, werewolves exist. And two, I was born to kill them.
Dirty Blood: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004V08RS2/
I’ve been wanting to add more topics to my blog, and this begins one of those topics! I love to travel, but I don’t get to do a lot of it…yet. While thinking about this topic, I realized there’s so many fun and interesting places that I’ve been that most of my readers have either never heard of or haven’t had a chance to go, so this is me traveling again via the internet! There are also so many other places I want to visit, and if you happen to live in the area I discuss, feel free to comment on the posts! I’m excited to do these, and I hope you get a better flavor of what I’m like.
Today’s Journey: Hale, MI
On today’s trip around the world, we’re starting off a little closer to home. My home, to be exact, or rather, the home of my childhood and young adult years. I grew up in a little town in the northeastern lower peninsula named Hale. (For those who may not know, Michigan has two peninsulas, the Lower and Upper.) Both peninsulas are beautiful! What I love most about Hale is that it’s surrounded by forests, lakes, and farms.
Before moving to Madison, WI, I’d lived in a few bigger cities, but nothing prepared me for Madison’s size and living here. It’s honestly a breath of fresh air to go home where life moves a bit slower and you can avoid and weekend traffic by taking the back dirt roads. Seriously, traffic in Michigan moves in two directions on summer and holiday weekends: North on Friday night and South on Sunday. If you want to avoid the rush, go the opposite direction. Once Hale started getting busy, we always took the back roads where we needed to go.
One of my favorite things to do was to walk in my grandpa’s woods. I’d also play with my sisters and cousins in them. We’d get lost, get our feet wet, and give a pint of blood each to Michigan’s state bird: the mosquito. Because of this, I’ve grown to love nature so much. My goal is to eventually own a house out in the middle of the woods. Living in the city is killing me slowly. It’s also why you’ll find that so many of my stories’ settings are rural and in forests. If I could spend my time anywhere, it would be the forest, first and foremost.
If you’re ever in the area and feel like stopping by Hale to check it out, here’s a few things to note:
*You’ll need to purchase a Kocher’s doughnut
*Grab an ice cream cone at The Victorian Cafe
*Attempt to run up all the stares at Iargo Springs (not far out of town and totally worth it)
*While you’re at Iargo, check out Lumberman’s monument just up the road
*Buy some bacon from Alward’s Market
*There are about 60 lakes in the vicinity, so take a swim or go kayaking!
*Visit my dad and sister at Bernard Building Center (Bonus points if you let Tasha design your kitchen/bath)
*Finally, check out the small town restaurants. You won’t want to miss them!
Week 13: Kelly Martin
Book: Dark & Deadly Things
Maybe it’s my weird sense of humor, but I find it appropriate that Kelly Martin gets to be week 13. Honestly, I think I stalked Kelly Martin before she even knew I existed, and when I finally got to meet in her Roanoke, VA a few years ago, I was kind of freaking out on the inside. You see, one of the things I love most about Kelly is her accent. Love it! And she’s completely amazing! Actually, this past year at the Roanoke Author Invasion, I bought this book from her (come on, how could I pass up buying a signed book from her when her table was two away from mine???). Reading last year wasn’t something that was easy for me to do, but I’ve been slowly hacking away at my to be read pile, and this is near the top because it sounds soooooo good! Just remind me not to read it in the dark…(pun intended)
Since Elise Morgan left her father’s fake reality television show, Dark and Deadly Things, she put the ghost-hunting life behind her, able to comfortably watch from her couch– next to the ghost of her mother.
When the Halloween episode airs live on television, something goes horribly wrong. Four people end up dead, and Elise’s father is the lead suspect in their murders. But Elise knows the truth. She watched the thing that crawled from the darkness. It most certainly wasn’t her father.
Abel Hale was in the house when his family died. He felt the icy chill, heard the scraping of nails along the wall, felt the fear and gleeful anticipation as the entity stalked them. The thing that killed the people he loved was not human. There is only one person who believes him, one person who can help him– Elise, the daughter of the man he blames for his family’s death.
Reality mixes with fantasy as Elise and Abel’s world turns upside down.
Dark & Deadly Things: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MYCJC65/
Week 12: Nikki Jefford
Book: Wolf Hollow
Nikki has always been one of those authors that I saw on Facebook and secretly stalked from afar thinking I was too little on the reader/author food chain to even attempt communication. Honestly, it’s silly, and I shouldn’t have worried because Nikki is amazing! We met for the first time at Penned Con in 2018 and gosh she made me laugh. To be honest, I haven’t read many of her books yet, but it’s something I’m going to rectify. Those that I have read, I’ve truly enjoyed, and this book is seriously on my to read list. I’m sure I’ll love it!
An attraction that threatens the future of the pack…
Spirited, stubborn, and deeply loyal wolf shifter, Sasha feels the pressure from her pack to claim another pureblood, yet no one is brazen enough to defy the elders and toy with her . . . no one besides a hotheaded half-breed.
Tabor, a rebellious outcast, is the hollow’s only wizard shifter. Constantly overlooked despite his strengths, Tabor believes Sasha is as shortsighted as the rest of the pack until she proves there’s more to her than a blindly obedient lapdog.
Unable to resist the proud and sensual pureblood, Tabor would risk everything to claim her. Despite her vanishing bloodline, Sasha can’t resist the charismatic half-breed, even as the elders set her up to breed with another pureblood.
Predators are closing in, threatening the strength and stability of their pack, and there are shifters within Wolf Hollow willing to do anything to prevent the pair from mating.
Recommended for mature audiences ages 18+.
Wolf Hollow: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075QVVKFR/
Week 11: S.J. West
S.J. West is an awesome lady. I’ve been able to communicate with her a few times and she’s really sweet and helpful. If you haven’t read Cursed, you should. It keeps you enthralled throughout the whole book trying to figure out what’s going to happen next!
On Lilly’s first day of college, she unknowingly reignites an ancient war between Heaven and Hell that will determine the fate of both realms…
After escaping a near fatal accident at the age of eight, Lilly has felt like fate has been trying to balance the scales between life and death ever since. Most of her childhood was marred by a series of odd and deadly events that should have erased her existence from the universe. Luckily, her best friend, Will, was always one-step ahead of fate preventing her from being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Will was her knight in shining armor, until he broke her heart after their one and only kiss.
When Lilly meets Brand Cole on her first day of college, she instantly feels a connection to him that she can’t easily explain. Intrigued by Brand, Lilly allows him to enter her small world and begins to wonder if he can mend the shattered remnants of her broken heart. After Will learns of Lilly’s interest in Brand, he gives her a dire warning that Brand isn’t as perfect as he seems.
Lilly believes fate is after her once again when a new series of attempts on her life start to take place. Will and Brand do their best to protect her from this new threat, but Lilly quickly realizes that both of them are hiding a shared secret that neither man wants her to figure out. As the attempts on Lilly’s life intensify, she discovers someone made of flesh and blood is trying to kill her now, and escaping her fate this time might just be impossible.