Monday, August 22, 2011

Book Giveaway for Karen Kirst's THE RELUCTANT OUTLAW

 Karen Kirst writes inspirational historical romances for Harlequin Love Inspired Books.  When she's not writing, she likes to read, visit tea rooms, play piano, watch romantic comedies, and chat over coffee with friends.  She's been married to a wonderful man for twelve years and is homeschooling mama to three lively sons.  She feels blessed to be able to do what she loves and give God the glory.

Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.
Luckily I'm not anywhere embarrassing! I'm in my writing corner in my bedroom.  I've got a wingback recliner, small side table, and bookshelf.  And I'm wearing my comfy sweatpants and a t-shirt.

If you could be any character in any literary book who would you be and why?
This may be a predictable answer, but I'd love to be Miss Elizabeth Bennet in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. I adore that era of formal manners and elaborate clothing and grand mansions. And who wouldn't want to square off with the likes of Mr. Darcy?
LOL! You could say I’ve gotten that a few times. What is it about Elizabeth that everyone loves? I’d love to hear some input from our commenters.

What is something that very few people know about you?
I'm really sentimental and cry easily. Hallmark commercials get to me.  And some of those coffee ones, too.
Yikes! We had better stay apart. I’m a chain crier.  

Do you think birth order affects the way you write?
Wow. I'm not sure about that one. I've read a little about the subject, so based on that I'd say yes since it affects other aspects of your life.

What was the greatest thing you learned in school?
I majored in Speech Communication, which was writing intensive.  Without that exposure, I doubt I would've been brave enough to attempt a novel.

What is the hardest part in writing a story?
The hardest part for me is looking at the finished product with a fresh eye.  I'm bad about writing a page and then re-reading it a handful of times before moving on, so by the time the entire book is finished it's difficult to see what needs to be fixed. I guess that's where having a critique partner comes in handy!

What is the funniest or strangest thing you have learned when doing research?
I haven't encountered anything funny recently, but strange, yes. Especially when researching the medical practices of long ago.  Makes me thankful I live in this era. Here are two examples of the strange medical practices I’ve come across recently. To stop bleeding, people would mix cobwebs and brown sugar together and press on the wound.  So maybe they purposefully didn't remove the cobwebs from the ceilings? lol To assist childbirth, sometimes midwives put powdered tobacco (snuff) on a plate and when it was time for the baby to be born, they'd say, "It's time to sniff her." Someone would blow the snuff into the woman's face. Her violent reaction would hasten the birth. Crazy, right?
Let’s just say I think I’d rather bleed. I don’t do well with spiders or their webs. I’m with you, glad I’m in this era. 

If you were writing a book about your life what would the title be?
Forgive the Mess: I'm Under Construction

What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)
I'm a tea fanatic, so my teapots and tea sets from around the world. I like to rotate and make sure I use them all.

You have to be thrilled with this book cover. He and his horse are enough to make one swoon.

The Reluctant Outlaw (Love Inspired Historical, September 2011)
Smoky Mountain Matches series
A Kidnapper—and a Gentleman?
The ruthless criminal who took Juliana O’Malley hostage was a thief and an outlaw—or so she thinks. But on a perilous journey through the Smoky Mountains, he becomes her unlikely protector. And when he pledges to return her home safely, she somehow finds herself believing him.
Evan Harrison has risked everything to find the men who killed his brother. Saving spirited, strong-willed Juliana could blow his cover with a deadly gang. Yet her courage and unwavering faith make him dream of the home and family he thought he could never have. And suddenly, that future is incomplete—without Juliana in it.

Smoky Mountain Matches: Dreams of home and family come true in the Smoky Mountains

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  1. Karen, I love the book title of your life. Consider it a blessing to be under construction! I can't wait for your book to hit the shelves. Susan

  2. I would love to win this. This looks like an absolutely amazing book. Thank you so much for the chance to win this. I follow via feedburner. Thanks again.


  3. Thanks for having me today, Debbie Lynne!

  4. Susan, I can't take credit for that title - I saw it on a t-shirt once. But it definitely applies to me! Rebecca, thanks for stopping by! Good luck :)

  5. This book looks so good! Great interview, that cobweb tabacco thing was really interesting - but not something I'd try!

    crazi.swans at gmail dot com

  6. LOL! Me either, Faye. I think this book looks awesome too, Rebecca. Susan, I liked her life title too.

    Karen, I'm so glad I have the honor of you being on my blog. You had some and interesting things to say.

  7. The cobweb thing is an ancient American Indian trick, though minus the brown sugar. One of the tribes here still does it. It's like a Band-Aid.

  8. Karen,

    I love your cover, and this sounds likes a great story. One of my favorite books is Janette Oke's A Gown of Spanish Lace, and your story reminds me of it. I haven't heard about cobwebs used on wounds before.

  9. I love the horse's picture on your cover, and the guy isn't bad either. :) Your story sounds really good, too. I had heard of using cobwebs, but not with the sugar. j(dot)m(dot)colvin(at)centurytel(dot)net

  10. Thanks, I love the cover too! Since it's my first, I did a happy dance around the house when I first saw it. lol My boys (age 10 and under) looked at me like I was nuts. My five-year-old now calls it 'the man and the horse' book. I saw the cobweb thing done for the first time in the movie The Outsider. My reaction was like what? But the cobweb and sugar thing comes from a book of memoirs from a lady who grew up in the Smokies, where my book series is set.

  11. I can see why you did the happy dance on that cover, it's awesome.

    I think we all want to be as feisty as Miss Bennet yet be loved for who we are despite our faults by a great--and rich--man.

    rmjagears AT gmail DOT com

  12. Hi Karen! Your cover is amazing! I'll confess I already read an excerpt based on the cover. :-) I also have three boys, but I don't homeschool. Congrats on the release!

  13. Melissa, I agree. Miss Bennet wasn't afraid to speak her mind and she seemed to me a wise young lady (except for where Darcy was concerned). Jessica, do your boys keep you hopping like mine do? They have an almost limitless supply of energy!

  14. A gentleman outlaw. What an awesome cover! Would really enjoying reading. Thanks for the post!

  15. I am absolutley loving these great looking covers. This books looks and sounds great.

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  16. This cover is awesome. The book sounds interesting and exciting.

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  17. thanks for the chance to read this fabulous story :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  18. Karen, we have something in common. I'm sentimental too! You wouldn't believe the things I cry over.

    I love the cover of this book! I would love to win a copy of The Reluctant Outlaw. You are a new author to me and I can't wait to read your books.

    God Bless!

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  19. Great cover Karen. I enjoyed your interview and look forward to reading this story. Thanks for coming by to chat and share with us.

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  20. Thanks for all the kind comments! I enjoyed doing this interview. :)

  21. Wow this looks like a cool book! Thanks for the chance to win it.