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I'm back in work mode after the Christmas break. Just finished final corrections on my June release, BRING HIM HOME, and writing Chapter Four of a new book, the fourth in my SAS series, working title, HIS GOODBYE GIRL.
I re-read BRING HIM HOME last night and said to my husband, 'Either this is really really good or a piece of melodramatic drivel.'
It's a high-stakes, high-drama novel which means it's even tougher to dance the line between pathos and sentimentality.
No doubt readers will tell me if I've got the balance right!
Meanwhile on Chapter Four of HIS GOODBYE GIRL I'm obsessively reworking the first scene between my four heroes, three of whom have already had their book.
I love returning characters because they're easy to write. I know how they'll react to situations, and to each other.
It's the new hero I have to feel my way with (what a fun job!). I thought I had his measure in the first scene but he's changing on me. That's good...we're all different people depending on who we're with. I'm hoping these new facets of his personality will add dimension to his character.
And in my leisure I've been reading Cecilia Grant's debut A Lady Awakened and Sarah Mayberry's latest, All They Need. Both wonderful books.
Good reads (another pun, I'm on fire!) always inspire me to try harder in my own writing.
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Published on January 17, 2012 00:48 • 93 views • Tags: bring-him-home, cecilia-grant, his-goodbye-girl, karina-bliss, sarah-mayberry, writing-craft
Okay, I’m pointing you to a blog written by myself and terrific contemporary author, Sarah Mayberry. Kind of a Dumb and Dumber meets WWF. We’ve both been nominated in the category section of the DABWAHA tournament, a fun head to head romance books comp where readers vote on 64 books until there’s only one standing.
And trash-talking is encouraged.
Neither Aussie Mayberry nor I as a Kiwi are used to trash-talking and…well, see the results here. http://www.superauthors.com/2012/03/a... Unfortunately no bribes allowed to secure votes so I’ll simply tell you what I tell my son. “Do it for love.” Cue: Eye-roll.
Have a great week!
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Published on March 14, 2012 00:25 • 102 views • Tags: dabwaha, karina-bliss, sarah-mayberry, trash-talking, vote
I'm 55,000 words into the book and my couple aren't coupling! Probably because I've given them huge roadblocks to deter them from jumping in the sack,which is great but enough already. Get it on! What I need is a dynamite plot twist to thrust (pardon the pun) them into action and catipult the last third of the book in a new direction.
Meanwhile my hero's stuck and frustrated, my heroine's stuck and frustrated and I'm stuck and frustrated. We've all got ourselves in a conflict lock and unfortunately it's my job to come up with the solution.
Which is both why I write and why I hate writing...the challenge.
Enough of my whinges. As my husband keeps reminding me, I do this every book.
On a more cheerful note, fabulous author Sarah Mayberry has a new book out - Her Best Worst Mistake. That girl hits a home run every book and I highly recommend it. Read an excerpt at http://www.sarahmayberry.com/herbestw...

Happy reading, if you've got a book that knocked your socks off recently let me know.

Karina
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Published on May 07, 2012 00:45 • 84 views • Tags: her-best-worst-mistake, his-goodbye-girl, karina-bliss, sarah-mayberry, stuckness
I can't tell you how happy I am to share a new release date with you!
Woo Me is one of a three-novella trilogy I've been writing with Aussie authors Sarah Mayberry and Joan Kilby and The Outback Bachelor Ball series releases next month on October 20.
We hope to have a pre-order available earlier - I'll keep you posted.

Here's the series blurb - go check out my facebook page for a visual of all the covers. http://on.fb.me/1tofwnM

The Outback Bachelor Ball
A cow, a cowgirl and a divorcee walk into a bar...
Three unlucky-in-love girlfriends make a road trip to the Outback Bachelor & Spinster Ball, a highlight of rural Australian life.
One's looking to move on, one’s thumbing her nose at romance, and one's looking to slip away and hide. None of them are looking for love...
Three women are about to meet their match in a cowboy, a soldier and a country rock star.
One magical night. One less than magical morning after.
Forty-eight hours can change your life.


And here are our individual blurbs.

Book One: Win Me by Joan Kilby
Feisty, fearless Ellie McFarlane has tried forever to get cattle station manager, Rick Drummond, to notice she’s not another cowhand. So when her gal pals talk her into glamming up for an Outback Bachelor and Spinster ball she’s eager to prove she’s all woman, all the time, and leave her boneheaded cowboy eating dust.
Sexy wrangler Rick is crazy about Ellie just as she is but her father – his boss – told him long ago that his daughter was off limits. Even though she’s all grown up now, Rick still feels it’s his job is to protect her, not seduce her. Plus, he’s finally got an opportunity to buy back his family farm which means moving far away.
Ellie’s transformation from Cinder-Ellie to belle of the ball has Rick’s jaw dropping – and all the other cowboys falling at her feet. Ellie tries to revel in her new-found sex-pot status but without Rick it’s a hollow victory. Has Rick left it too late to claim the only woman he’ll ever truly love....
 

Book Two: Woo Me by Karina Bliss
Can true love overcome a bad hide day and a series of unfortunate events?
Disillusioned in love, Jen Tremaine is done with men. So when her best friends dare her to wear a cow costume to their reunion at an Outback Bachelor & Spinster Ball, she's all over it.
Who would have thought dressing as a heifer would make her irresistible to a bunch of lasso-twirling, drunken cowboys?
Maybe you should have thought this through, says the sexy security guard who keeps finding her at the center of trouble.
Even though Jen's always dismissed soul mates as a load of bull, the sizzle between them is making her wonder: What if you met The One while wandering lonely as a cow? Would you find the courage to become a believer?
When ex-Special Forces soldier Logan Turner is roped into helping out with security at the B&S ball, he isn't expecting to find love - but after months in all-male company he sure is hoping for lust.
He certainly isn't expecting to fall for a feisty, funny, trouble-making Cowderella. Only problem is, she's leaving Australia tomorrow.
Convincing Jen they can still have a future together may wind up being the toughest mission of his life.


Book Three: Wait For Me by Sarah Mayberry
Beth Walker hasn’t just been burned by her philandering country music star ex, she’s been barbecued to a crisp.
Coming home to Australia and into the arms of her best friends is exactly the balm she needs. Cocktails and laughter at an Outback Bachelor and Spinster Ball seem like the perfect distraction.
Until she bumps into the last person she wants seeing her heartsick and pathetic – Jonah Masters, rising country music star and witness to the failure of her marriage.
If only she’d met Jonah first.
Now she’s broken and won’t ask him to wait until she heals. 

Jonah can’t believe he and Beth are finally standing under the same stars. The connection they shared on the road years ago has haunted him but he wasn’t going to pursue a married woman.
Now she’s free, and Jonah can’t refuse the one night Beth impulsively offers. Can he convince the woman he’s always loved that he’ll wait – however long it takes – for her trust?
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An Aussie, a Canadian and a Kiwi decided to write a series together...

Come along to our launch party for fun, frivolity and prizes including a Readers Outback Survival Pack.

Here's the invite: on.fb.me/1Q5H8Ir

And here's what our series is about.

A cow, a cowgirl and a divorcee walk into a bar...

Three unlucky-in-love girlfriends make a road trip to the Outback Bachelor & Spinster Ball, a highlight of rural Australian life. One's looking to move on, one’s thumbing her nose at romance, and one's looking to slip away and hide. None of them are looking for love... Three women are about to meet their match in a cowboy, a soldier and a country rock star. One magical night. One less than magical morning after. Forty-eight hours can change your life.

WIN ME by Joan Kilby (book 1)

Feisty, fearless Ellie McFarlane has tried forever to get cattle station manager, Rick Drummond, to notice she’s not another cowhand. So when her gal pals talk her into glamming up for an Outback Bachelor and Spinster ball she’s eager to prove she’s all woman, all the time, and leave her boneheaded cowboy eating dust.
Sexy wrangler Rick is crazy about Ellie just as she is but her father – his boss – told him long ago that his daughter was off limits. Even though she’s all grown up now, Rick still feels it’s his job is to protect her, not seduce her. Plus, he’s finally got an opportunity to buy back his family farm which means moving far away.
Ellie’s transformation from Cinder-Ellie to belle of the ball has Rick’s jaw dropping – and all the other cowboys falling at her feet. Ellie tries to revel in her new-found sex-pot status but without Rick it’s a hollow victory. Has Rick left it too late to claim the only woman he’ll ever truly love...


WOO ME by Karina Bliss (book 2)
Can true love overcome a bad hide day and a series of unfortunate events?
Disillusioned in love, Jen Tremaine is done with men. So when her best friends dare her to wear a cow costume to their reunion at an Outback Bachelor and Spinster Ball, she's all over it. Who would have thought dressing as a heifer would make her irresistible to a bunch of lasso-twirling, drunken cowboys?
Maybe you should have thought this through, says the sexy security guard who keeps finding her at the center of trouble. Even though Jen's always dismissed soul mates as a load of bull, the sizzle between them is making her wonder: What if you met The One while wandering lonely as a cow? Would you find the courage to become a believer?
When ex-Special Forces soldier Logan Turner is roped into helping out with security at the B&S ball, he isn't expecting to find love - but after months in all-male company he sure is hoping for lust. He certainly isn't expecting to fall for a feisty, funny, trouble-making Cowderella. Only problem is, she's leaving Australia tomorrow. Convincing Jen they can still have a future together may wind up being the toughest mission of his life.


WAIT FOR ME by Sarah Mayberry (book 3)
Beth Walker hasn’t just been burned by her philandering country music star ex, she’s been barbecued to a crisp. Coming home to Australia and into the arms of her best friends is exactly the balm she needs. Cocktails and laughter at an Outback Bachelor and Spinster Ball seem like the perfect distraction. Until she bumps into the last person she wants seeing her heartsick and pathetic – Jonah Masters, rising country music star and witness to the failure of her marriage. If only she’d met Jonah first. Now she’s broken and won’t ask him to wait until she heals. 

Jonah can’t believe he and Beth are finally standing under the same stars. The connection they shared on the road years ago has haunted him but he wasn’t going to pursue a married woman. Now she’s free, and Jonah can’t refuse the one night Beth impulsively offers. Can he convince the woman he’s always loved that he’ll wait – however long it takes – for her trust?


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If you're US and Canadian-based get on over to Heroes & Heartbreakers where not only do Joan, Sarah and I make a case for our Outback Bachelor Ball heroes profession, we're giving away our best survival pack yet (full of chocolate, books, biscuits, and branded goodies).
Here's the link:
http://www.heroesandheartbreakers.com...
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