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Say hello to Kari Thomas, Giveaway of Temptation Unleashed
Friday, January 29th, 2010

Join me in welcoming Kari Thomas to the Release Your Inhibitions Contest! Kari chats with me a bit, and then she talks about books in a series. Answer Kari’s question below about series and you will qualify to win a download of Temptation Unleased.

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Beth: Welcome, Kari! Tell us a bit about yourself.
K: Thanks, Beth! I’m a multi-published author, writing mainly in the Paranormal Romance genre. I love the limitless possibilities you have as a writer in this particular genre, so I imagine I’ll stay in that spot for a good long time. I’m the Care Giver for my dad, so I’m lucky enough to be a stay-at-home author. I’m also a professed “Book-a-holic” and I own over 3,000 books in my personal Library. The bad thing is, it’s an addiction I can’t stop…..so that means my Library grows every week!

Beth: Good for you, from one home-librarian to another. ๐Ÿ™‚
What was the most exciting moment in your writing career so far?
K: Only one moment? LOL! I guess I could say that the most recent one was when my Novella PREY FOR THE WOLF stayed on the Top Best Seller List at Fictionwise for over 20 days….AND it was higher ranked than the famous “TWILIGHT” Series books!! That amazed me.

Beth: That is really cool! Wow.
How do you want to be remembered as a writer?
K: As a writer who wrote emotional, endearing stories as well as those stories being passionate and unforgettable. Doesn’t sound too much, does it? (grin)

Beth: What do you fear the most?
K: Seriously? Dying before my dad. I couldn’t do the proverbial “rest-in-peace” if I died first knowing he wasn’t being taken care of.
But as for the Not-so-serious Fear: suddenly realizing my muse has forever deserted me and I can’t write the next story. Argh! Never write again? That would kill me!

Beth: That’s a very understandable fear on your part, Kari. And as for the muse flying, I’ve had several authors say similar fears during this contest, so at least you are in good company.
You are not allowed to bow out of this partโ€”I can’t believe how modest authors usually are, refusing to do this part!โ€”please give us a paragraph or two from your writing of which you are particularly proud. Why do you like this portion?
K: LOL! It’s like exposing yourself way too much! But here’s a tiny teaser. The reason I love this short paragraph is because it was at a VERY emotional part of the story and said it “all” in so little words how a woman can face the worse yet still realize she has more in herself to give. I think this says a lot about all of us, as women, facing adversary that seems impossible to fight. This is from my latest, UNDER A SHIFTER’S MOON:

Kitlene released a sigh. She had learned she was strong enough to protect herself from physical attack. Now, she just had to learn how to fight back the heartache that threatened to become so much a part of her if she let it. She would be strong again. One day.

Beth: What new projects do you have in store for your readers?
K: I’m about to submit another paranormal Romance I just finished. Then, I hope to write two more Novella lengths in the next few months. I like to keep my books out there while writing full length, and the Novellas are great for that. I also have a Novella being released Feb 14, 2010 at All Romance Ebooks. It’s part of an Anthology, and ALL the Sales Proceeds will go to the Charity of The American Heart Association. Famous author Charlaine Harris writes the “Foreword” in it! This is the first book I’ve ever given away Free to a Publisher, but I also have two FREE reads that are Short Story length only, available at the Samhellion with Samhain Publishing. They are both ending Sequels to TEMPTATION UNLEASHED.

TEMPTATION UNLEASHED is my Samhain title, and it’s been a popular book from day one. I’m working on a new book for Samhain now and can only hope it does half as good! (grin)

Beth: Thanks so much for joining us here today, Kari.
K: Thanks again, Beth! I just wanted to mention that I love to hear from my readers, and they can contact me for more info on my books, or the Free Reads, at: authorkari@yahoo.com and that they can visit my site.

TEMPTATION UNLEASHED
Print and Ebook
Paranormal Romance

DO YOU WISH ALL BOOKS WERE IN A SERIES?

As a professed Book-a-Hollic I must admit I love to read good books that are part of a Series. One book just isn’t big enough to be able to satisfy my reader-curiosity about ALL the characters involved in the original story. If I love a book and the author turns it into a Series, chances are that author has a reader-fan in me for all of her future books, Series or not.

But. As an author, I’ve never been one for writing a Series on any of my books. I can’t explain it. I love my characters but when that story is finished, I’m sooo ready to go on to the next book idea with new characters and new situations. I guess I could blame it on my over-active imagination! Too many stories, never enough time to write them all! LOL!

So, of course, surprising me to no end I soon learned that readers wanted/demanded MORE stories from my Samhain title TEMPTATION UNLEASHED. They wanted to know if the secondary characters ever got their “Happy Ending Love Stories”. After constant requests, I finally sat down and wrote two ending Sequels. In THE CHRISTMAS CHAPTER, Gavin gets his love story. In SOUL’S CHOICE, Riana gets her love story. Both these Shorts can be obtained FREE at the Samhellion web site, with the Links:
http://authors.thesamhellion.com/?p=186
http://authors.thesamhellion.com/?p=119

So. Tell me, what do you think about books in Series? Like them? Rather not have them? I’d love to hear from you.
Happy Reading Day Hugs!
Kari

22 comments to “Say hello to Kari Thomas, Giveaway of Temptation Unleashed”

  1. CrystalGB
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      · January 29th, 2010 at 10:39 am · Link

    Hi Kari. Your book sounds great. I love series.



  2. Jeanette Juan
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      · January 29th, 2010 at 10:43 am · Link

    I usually like books in a series as long as the plot is still interesting, but the some series that drag out too long w/ no change I really hate!



  3. Sherry S.
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      · January 29th, 2010 at 11:08 am · Link

    I love books in a series. I’ve read some of your books and love them and can’t wait for the next one.



  4. Cierra James
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      · January 29th, 2010 at 1:15 pm · Link

    Kari,
    I feel like I lived through this book. It is my favorite. You can tell by your writing how much you love paranormal and your hero’s are just dynamite.

    Cierra



  5. Kari Thomas
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      · January 29th, 2010 at 12:31 pm · Link

    Thanks for stopping by Crystal, Jeanette, and Sherry! I agree with you, Jeanette, some Series really do start to drag after awhile. Thats probably why I have such a hard time trying to write one. I want NEW stuff! LOL!



  6. Larena Wirum
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      · January 29th, 2010 at 12:43 pm · Link

    I love series. Because like you said you get to see if the other characters got the HEA. Also when reading a series to get to return to the world and characters that can make a book so great to read. The only problem with series is that I want the next book NOW and that doesn’t usually happen. LOL :mrgreen: but it definitely keeps me coming back. :mrgreen:



  7. Amber Polo
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      · January 29th, 2010 at 12:44 pm · Link

    Hi Kari,
    Series are fun but maybe I don’t have the attention span, sometimes I get bored after the first one, so keep writing NEW stories. Especially more shifters.



  8. Jody F.
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      · January 29th, 2010 at 12:54 pm · Link

    I like series books to see characters progress over time. I also like seeing couples in later books to see how their HEAs are going. I like that feeling of family. As long as the storylines remain strong I’ll stick with the series until the very end.



  9. Leni
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      · January 29th, 2010 at 12:55 pm · Link

    I love book series because it gives me a chance to read more about the characters, the town, and find out about new characters. Though, I didn’t always like book series. That was because I would buy a book,read it, and find out that it was book number three. Now that doesn’t bother me.



  10. Kari Thomas
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      · January 29th, 2010 at 1:00 pm · Link

    That’s why I’m thinking that a 3-Book Series is definitely the limit. Like Jody said, sometimes the story looses OOMPH and even though youre glad to visit with old characters its better to move on quickly.

    And there are just so many plot ideas you can use before it all starts sounding the same.

    How many of you would just prefer a SHORT story of secondary characters to an actual full length book(s)?



  11. elaing8
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      · January 29th, 2010 at 1:20 pm · Link

    I love books in a series. almost all off the books I’ve read or are on my TBR pile are part of a series.I like the continuation of storyline, you have more of a chance in getting to know the characters.



  12. Kari Thomas
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      · January 29th, 2010 at 1:27 pm · Link

    Thanks for stopping by Larena, Amber, Jody, Leni, Cierra, and Elaine! This is really an eye opener — I never realized just how popular the Series idea is. Its giving me lots to think about!

    Cierra —THANKS! ๐Ÿ˜€



  13. quiltingreader
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      · January 29th, 2010 at 1:58 pm · Link

    I like books that are in a series. It’s always nice to visit with old friends.



  14. Eva S
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      · January 29th, 2010 at 2:03 pm · Link

    I like series, I want to know more about the characters and the world they are living in and I love when secondary characters get books of their own.



  15. Beth Kery
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      · January 29th, 2010 at 2:19 pm · Link

    Hi Kari,

    I’d like to chime in. ๐Ÿ™‚
    All my Berkley books have been single titles, although I am going to propose a series with my next book. I think series can be a mixed bag, as an author, which I’m sure you’ve experienced. People love something new and different, but other people want the experience to carry on. I’ve even had people propose to me to have Character X in my next book…and I’ve said…wait, who was that? lol. It was a Character I hadn’t considered hero material at all. But it just goes to show you that some readers really hate for the experience to end. I find that I’m sort of like that as a reader, but if the series gets old, then I feel dissatisfied, as though it never really came to a good conclusion. I know I felt that way about Robert Jordan’s books….like, end it already, will you?
    But I think he was brilliant. I’m not complaining too much, RJ.
    Thanks for joining me here today!



  16. Beth C.
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      · January 29th, 2010 at 2:52 pm · Link

    I find that I almost always wonder about the other characters in a book also. I wish that I could read their stories. Even if the book was meant to be a stand-alone. And I’m always a little disappointed when a series comes to an end. A lot disappointed if the author just stops writing about that world without warning, especially if they had set up hints for the next book.



  17. Estella
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      · January 29th, 2010 at 3:35 pm · Link

    I love series books!



  18. Kari Thomas
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      · January 29th, 2010 at 3:55 pm · Link

    THANKS everyone for all the great comments! You’ve given me an idea that I’m going to start working on asap! ๐Ÿ˜€

    LOL—Beth! I know what you mean on the RJ books! I finally had to stop reading them for awhile cause they just keep going….!

    Ive so enjoyed everyone’s comments and will be picking a Winner for the Download tonight.

    Please do stop by my site: http://www.authorkari.com and take a look at my other books.

    THANKS!

    HAPPY READING HUGS,
    Kari



  19. Patti
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      · January 29th, 2010 at 6:24 pm · Link

    Hi Kari and Beth! Kari is a new-to-me author so I’m off to check out your site – I love paranormal romance!

    As far as series, I like series to continue, but sometimes the way a book ends it’s better not to continue.



  20. Tracey D
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      · January 29th, 2010 at 6:04 pm · Link

    I love series. I like how a character is secondary in one book and primary in another. I also like how one or two characters are featured in a series.



  21. Mary Corrales
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      · January 29th, 2010 at 6:50 pm · Link

    Hi Kari!

    I love your books. I like series and individual books both. Doesn’t matter so long as the hero and heroine have a great love story.



  22. Linda Henderson
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      · January 29th, 2010 at 8:10 pm · Link

    I do enjoy reading books that are in a series. It allows you to get further involved with the characters from the first book and sometimes the secondary characters you liked get their own stories. However, I wouldn’t like all stories to be in a series, especially if you had to wait a long time for them to come out.







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