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 17: Nina Walker
I’m not exactly sure at this point how I met Nina. It was online, that’s about all I remember. However, that doesn’t matter. What matters is that I got a chance to meet her in St. Louis last year for Penned Con and she’s one of the sweetest people! I loved meeting her and her mom, and not only meeting her, but her table just so happened to be right next to mine. Talk about fun! And speaking of fun, if you haven’t read any of her books yet, you’re missing out. Prism is an amazing read! Not even kidding. I never would’ve thought of using colors like this, and so I don’t give anything away, I’ll leave it at that. No spoilers! But you should want to know what I won’t be spoiling, so read it!
What if color held the secrets to powerful magic?
Forced to move into the palace, Jessa begins training as a Color Alchemist under the direction of the kingdom’s most eligible bachelor, Prince Lucas. As an alchemist, Jessa must capture and harness the color of living things. Every color has a unique purpose, except red. Red is the untapped magic no one can access—until Jessa.
Prince Lucas is running out of time. His mother is nearing death and the healing magic isn’t working. When Lucas suspects someone is using alchemy to control her, he sets out to discover the truth, even if it means uncovering Jessa’s secrets in the process.
PRISM is the first full-length installment of this unique young adult romantic fantasy series where a dystopian world with a Victorian flair meets the dynamic magic of color.
I’ve been failing at remembering to do this on the certain Saturday’s I had listed…so, I’m going to be doing them on whatever Saturday I remember! Or post ahead and schedule when I remember during the week.
This week’s snippet comes from Phoenix Awakened, my newest release! Be on the lookout for snippets of my upcoming pre-order as well.
Stepping out of the bathroom, I found Phoenix standing in a nice pair of khakis with a long sleeved button up under a cardigan. In my head, dinner was casual, so I’d changed back into my jeans and shirt from this morning. Embarrassed by my misunderstanding, I stuttered over a plausible excuse for the way I looked while trying to think if I actually packed clothes that would be suitable to match his.
“Sorry, I forgot my clothes out here and wasn’t going to come out here in a towel, no matter how much you’d enjoy it.” I dug through my suitcase, hands shaking as Phoenix took my shoulders and turned me to face him.
“You look beautiful. I don’t mind if you wear that.”
“I look like a slob. Let me change and I’ll be right out.”
“May I kiss you?”
The question popped out of his mouth so fast I wasn’t sure I’d heard him right, but the nonwavering expression that held mine told me for a fact I’d heard correctly. If this was his way of distracting me, he was succeeding. My gaze flew to his lips, remembering our last, and first, kiss.
“I don’t know if that would be a great idea,” I murmured, trying to make my feet back up, but that was useless since a bed stood right behind me. Then again, sidestepping away would be better. There wasn’t a bed in that direction.
Phoenix’s shoulders slumped. “One little kiss.”
“You’re very pushy, you know that don’t you?”
“I do, yes, but persistence is everything.”
Closing my eyes, I sighed. He was persistent, that was for sure, and that was how he was going to win me over. Patience and persistence. And his gentleness and kindness.
Warm lips brushed mine as stiff bristles rubbed against the sensitive skin around my mouth. Unlike last time, there was no burning desire or unbridled passion behind the kiss, only a gentle sweetness that was Phoenix. After a few seconds, he leaned back and I opened my eyes.
“I didn’t say yes.”
“But you didn’t say no.” He grinned. “Next time I’ll wait for an answer.”
Week 7: Jana LaPelle
If you don’t know Jana, then you need to get to know her. She’s one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet, and she’s always ready to help a fellow author out! We’ve been friends on Facebook for a few years now, and I hope that one day I can meet her in person. And we haven’t even started talking about her books yet! On top of being an amazing person, her books are just as amazing!! She’s got a new one up for pre-order right now, but the one we’re spotlighting is Kindred. It’s. A. Must. Read. People. Have I ever steered you wrong? I didn’t think so. You won’t regret it! Not one bit.
Adopted at an early age she’s been given every advantage. Eighteen year old Ashlinn Ryllae Elan has wondered, for most of her life, where she fit in. Where did she really come from and why she was abandoned with nothing more than a Celtic inspired pendant necklace. After her eighteenth birthday, strange dreams plague her during the night leaving her to wonder about the man who now seems to haunt her nightly. The connection she feels to this handsome stranger leaves her wishing for him to be real and she longs to know more about him. Little does she know that her entire world is about to change.
Alaric Rhys Faerondarl has waited a long time for Ashlinn to come of age. He is her Guardian and they are Kindred. He has been tasked to keep her safe and bring her home. Their destinies are intertwined and he will do whatever it takes to keep her out of the hands of The Morrígan and the Fomorians. But will it be enough to overcome the obstacles that have been set before them?
The battle to save the Realms is just beginning.
Disclaimer: Kindred is intended for mature readers due to some adult content.
You read that right! I remember book fairs when I was a kid in school. They were one of the most looked forward to days of the year, and now that I’m an adult and don’t have access to a regular book fair, it’s less fun. BUT, I recently found one, and two of my books are enrolled in it! Even better, they’re both on sale for $.99 throughout the book fair. I believe most, if not all of the books are on sale. Also, these are fantasy/paranormal books, which are my favorites. This isn’t a book fair you’ll want to miss. If you love books, this is your stop, and don’t forget to share the news so others can find great books too!
Plus, I don’t know about you, but with winter here in Wisconsin, I’m already tired of the snow and cold. We’re supposed to get another 7-12″ between last night and today. I love winter, and I love snow, but this year I’m sick of both. Oh, and the -55*F wind chill from a few weeks ago. So, if you’re like me and huddling inside out of the cold when you can, you might as well cuddle up with a warm blanket and drink, with a good book. I wish I could do that every day!
This year’s goal is to use my website more to keep people updated on my books and life, and it’s still taking me some time to get this particular item up and running. But here’s the start. I’m going to try to keep consistent on this. What I’d like is for every first and third Saturday to be Snippet Saturday where I can post a small snippet from one of my books. We’ll see how you like them! Here’s the first, from “Gargoyle’s Pixie” the second book in the Gargoyle Collection. It’s a standalone, and book one doesn’t have to be read first for this book to be understood.
I leapt into the air, but I was barely off the ground before a strong hand came at me from the left, scooping me from the air and pinning my wings in his hold. The angle at which they were twisted sent a sharp ache into my back and I hissed past the pain. Wincing, I tried not to move.
“What have we here?” he mused with soft laughter. “Hello, pixie.”
Without being able to cross my arms in defiance since they were pinned in his hold as well, I settled for glaring at him. I was minding my own business. Why had he felt the need to capture me?
“Out spying for your swarm, huh?”
I continued to glare. There was no reason to admit to this gargoyle that I didn’t have a swarm. He wouldn’t believe me anyway.
“You found her?” the cheery female voice called from behind the gargoyle. “Can I see her?”
“Easy, Lari, you don’t know how many others are around,” another gargoyle spoke up. It sounded like the blond man. “They’re feisty when they’re in a large group. If it’s a scout, we’ll be fine. If it’s the whole swarm, then tonight is going to be rough.”
“Where’s your swarm?” the gargoyle who held me asked, but I turned away, closing my eyes. I didn’t have to answer to him. He shook me slightly, but for him, slightly was enough to whip my head back and forth in a violent motion. My wing pinched and I hissed again, but refused to show him the level of pain it had caused on my face. “Where is your swarm, pixie?”
“Stop manhandling her,” the female, Lari, said from beside the gargoyle. I lifted my eyes to her and found a tall, black winged gargoyle with long, strawberry blonde hair staring at me. “She’s pretty. I love your hair.”
“Thanks,” I muttered.
“So, she does talk,” the gargoyle who held me mused. “You just don’t want to talk to me?”
“You’re holding me in your hand and pinching my wings. What do you think?” I growled, which was a stupid idea and I clamped my mouth shut.
He cocked a grin at me. “Would it be better if I held onto you by your wings instead?”
“No. Put me down.”
“I’m sorry. I can’t do that. We can’t have you running off to your swarm and telling them where we are, now can we?”
It was no use. I wasn’t getting out of this with my dignity intact. Heck, I was being held in a gargoyle’s grip. My dignity had already taken a low blow. It couldn’t get much worse.
Dropping my head, I mumbled, “I don’t have a swarm.”
Week 3: Heather Karn
Book: Gargoyle’s Kiss
This week’s author is one I know very well! It’s me! Like I first explained, my friend Julie Trettel and I are doing this project together, so our books are included in this list. Gargoyle’s Kiss was never among the ideas I had planned for a book, but when the idea sprouted, I dropped everything I was doing to write it. I’ve never had a book come to me so easily and with the speed this one wrote. This book was so popular that my readers started asking for more from this world, so I’ve done just that. The next book (also a standalone) just released, so if you want to check it out, it’s called Gargoyle’s Pixie. Even more books are coming in this collection! It certainly is a fan favorite!
“I craved the sun until I found the moon.”
Gargoyles, the ugly, mutant creatures atop prestigious old buildings. Just statues and tales. At least that’s what Larissa thought. She didn’t believe the rumors of gargoyles living in the forbidden forest that sat behind the university, or the rumors that the mysterious Gargoyle’s Kiss would set them free, at least not until she unintentionally kissed one. But kissing a statue of an unusually attractive man shouldn’t be life changing. After all, what’s the harm in a little kiss?