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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Interview of Author Kari Thomas



Today I'm pleased to present an interview of romance author Kari Thomas.
Latest Book: Surrender Her Touch

BIO
I am a multi published author writing mainly in the Paranormal Romance genre. I'm also a Reviewer for several major Publishing Houses, and a Freelance Editor with a Publishing house. I love books so I consider myself a proud "Book-A-Holic"!
 
Q: Who is your favorite character in your book and why?  
A: It's hard to choose between Slade (the hero) or Summer (the heroine). Slade is a very alpha character. He has to be. He's the protector of his small dragon shapeshifters clan who lives in a modern world and tries to stay hidden. He's tough, but every now and then you catch a soft side to him and it makes him even sexier. Summer starts out a little vulnerable and then learns to face her future and accept her life. She's strong, caring, and very giving. She sees these traits as weak, but it's actually the source of her strength.
 
Q: Do all your heroes and all heroines look the same in your mind as you “head write”? 
A: Definitely not. I visualize each one in details that makes them very different. Each h/h have individual characteristics than none of my others have. It makes them very "real" to me while writing and also guides the story ---as most of my writing is character driven.
 
Q: What’s your strongest point as a writer?
A: My imagination. I think that's why I love the Paranormal genre so much. There are no limits to what you can create, and there are so many possibilities. Even if you write a vampire or werewolf story --when there are so many already out there -- you still have the chance to create something no one has ever read before.

Q: What is your favorite romance book that you’ve read?
AI have two favorites I've re-read. An oldie: "Gone With the Wind". A newer one: "Dark Desire by Christine Feehan". The characters from both books are incredibly memorable.

Q: You’re on a remote island with a handsome man, a computer, and a “mysterious” source of electricity to power your computer. What do you do? 
A: Computer? Electricity? All I see is that man...!

Q:
What genre would you like to try writing in but haven’t yet done so? Why?  
A: I would love to expand into different genres, like main  Contemporary, and even Children's books. Too, I have several projects that are Non Fiction and hope to get them done one day. I think venturing into different genres is a step forward for authors, especially writers like me who have imaginations that NEVER sleep!

Tell us where to find you: website(s), publisher’s page(s), blog(s), Facebook page(s), etc. List them all!
Monthly Blog on the 15th: http://www.sourceimmortal.com
Monthly Blog on the 9th: http://tabithablake.blogspot.com/
My Publishers:
Indie Book "Sloan's Witch"
Barnes and Noble NOOK:
 Amazon Link:
 Smashwords Link:
 ARe (All Romance Ebooks)
 
BLURB:
Surrendering her touch could be fatal; will she chose her own life over the lives of her enemies? When a shocking truth uncovers secrets from her past, Summer is faced with life or death situations. Should she accept what has been revealed and give of her healing power to the very dragon shapeshifters who destroyed her family or should she run as fast and as far as she can? What about the too-sexy-for-his-own-good dragon shifter who has stolen her heart and soul--the very man who will not let her say 'No' to her deadly destiny?

If she surrenders, will she lose more than just her heart and soul? Will the shifter she loves stand by and let her sacrifice everything?

Quotes:
·  "Let the game begin…"
·  “Heal them, and then I’ll let you go home."
·  “Big talk for a dragon who has to use a woman as a shield.”

EXCERPT:
Fifteen minutes later he turned off Main Street and into the parking complex at the 'Tower Building'. Gaze alert for a parking spot his sharp preternatural sight suddenly saw a bulky, odd-shaped, fleeing shadow darting between cars. He could tell immediately that it wasn’t human. The movement was too fast, the form too unsubstantial. Slade hit the brakes and stopped the Hummer. He jumped out and ran.
  
His long legs and shifter strength helped him cover the distance in seconds. Just as he reached the back of a van, the taillights on the vehicle came on. He barely had time to dive out of the way before the van spun out, tires screeching, rubber burning. Damn. Almost got me.

The shadow may not have been human, but the accomplice most likely was, but he wasn’t able to see inside the tinted windows of the van as it sped by. He quickly memorized the license plate numbers. He then spun around and made the quick dash back to his Hummer. Seconds later he was peeling out of the parking garage and in pursuit of the fleeing van. His gut instinct was telling him that this was Summer’s mysterious stalker. It had to have waiting for her to exit the garage elevator. 

But what the hell was it? And why was it stalking Reed’s daughter? Possible answers flew through his mind as he chased the van through late afternoon traffic. As an afterthought, he positioned the police siren light on his dashboard. No sense in getting pulled over for speeding.

Bad mistake. Slade cursed. The occupants in the fleeing van saw the light immediately and made a sudden turn off the main street onto a side road. Slade was driving too fast to slow his own vehicle down. He swung the Hummer off onto the road and instantly felt the tilting as the tires left the road. Split seconds later he lost control and the Hummer flew off into the ditch. Upside down.

Lucky for him, dragon shifters had tough hides. Not so lucky was the fact that while in human form, that didn’t count.

Anything else you’d like to add?

A few short Review statements about "Surrender Her Touch":
Amazon Amber Polo Kari Thomas has created a world of shifters filled with fast-paced romance and intrigue where no one is who they first seem.
I think this is Booked Up Reviews Dolce Amore I give 4.5 stars to the story, it was too good to get less than that. If you like to read about shape shifters, you won’t be disappointed!
Coffee Time Romance & More Maura The author has given the reader a complete dragon culture which is very interesting, and a back-story with lots of drama.
Good Reads Linda's Review Anyone who likes romantic fantasy would like this (heavy on the romance). The chemistry between the hero/heroine is yummy!
GoodReads Amber Polo Readers who fell in love with Kari’s cat-shifters won’t be disappointed by this book.
 
A BIG THANK YOU, Marianne, for this opportunity!
hugs, Kari

8 comments:

Tina Donahue said...

Loved your excerpt, Kari - congrats on your release! :)

Kari Thomas said...

Thanks, Tina! This was my first Dragon shifter story and I really had fun writing it.

hugs, Kari

amber polo said...

I love dragons - and yours are the best!

Kari Thomas said...

Awww, THANKS, Amber! Im having fun thinking about new dragon stories now!

hugs, Kari

BLCSDina said...

Great interview-And agree, Gone with the Wind is one of my all time faves as well. Dina Rae

Mary Corrales said...

I loved Surrender Her Touch. Then again, all your shifter books are great. The sensual tension is top notch.

Will you do another Dragon shifter book? I know you have the imagination for it. :)

S.A. Hunter said...

Great excerpt...I'm truly interested to learn more about your "dragons" :) I haven't tried the "paranormal genre" yet, but reading your great blog gets me fired up. Congrats on your book and all the best

Kari Thomas said...

THANKS, Dina, Mary, and S.A.! My next book ---after I finish the current one--will be with dragons. Im hoping to give them a very unique history that hasnt been done before.....

Stay tuned! (grin)

hugs, Kari

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