Friday, June 28, 2013

Giveaway & Interview with Karina Halle

The daughter of a Norwegian Viking and a Finnish Moomin, Karina Halle grew up in Vancouver, Canada with trolls and eternal darkness on the brain. This soon turned into a love of all things that go bump in the night and a rather sadistic appreciation for freaking people out.
Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently splits her time between her apartment in downtown Vancouver and her sailboat, where a book and a bottle of wine are always at hand. She is hard at work on her next novel.

Please tell readers about your current book.
Shooting Scars is the sequel to Sins & Needles. It picks up where the last book left off and has three very damaged, dark and sexy characters who intertwine on their own journey through revenge and redemption. It's a gritty, edgy romance guaranteed to take you on a wild ride.

Who or what inspires your writing?
I'm inspired by many things but music has to be number one. I've created books based on albums, characters based on musicians, scenes based on songs. Otherwise I'm quite inspired by film, worldly events, and my favorite authors.

When did you know you would be a writer?
Since I was a little girl - I was always drawing and making up stories.

How long did it take you to write your first novel?
Six weeks. I'd written many screenplays before but never had the patience to finish a novel. I decided to do Nano-Wrimo combined with a 30-day challenge and Darkhouse, (which is currently free on Amazon), was a result of that.

            What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Not being distracted. I've been known to swear off the internet for weeks at a time and become a total social hermit just to get work done.

            Do you have any writing rituals?
I go outside - for a walk or a bike ride, to clear my head. Then I make sure I have a lot of coffee at hand! When it gets really rough, I unplug the internet.

            Have you written any thing else?
 I have seven books and four novellas in the Experiment in Terror Series, with two more on the way. I have a horror romance called The Devil's Metal, with the sequel out in the fall. And the first two books in The Artists Trilogy, of course.

            Any advice to aspiring writers?
 Stop talking about writing a book and just do it. And once you do write it, don't get discouraged. Don't expect to self-publish a hit book right away or get a publishing deal or an agent. It's an over-saturated market now and these things take time for most people. The success stories are not the norm.

           Who are your favorite authors?
 Stephen King, Karen Marie Monning

           What are your favorite books, or which book has impacted you the most?
 I love Jane Eyre, (which is also free for Kindle). The mystery, the creepiness, the romantic tension, the jackassy Mr. Rochester, Jane's headstrongness. Perfect blend of everything I love in a book.

          What are you currently reading?
 Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement Moore.

          How do readers find out more about you?
 You can find me on Twitter @metalblonde
 I'm also very active on my Facebook page.
And you can see me on Goodreads as well J





AND NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY
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SINS & NEEDLES by Karina Halle


Publisher: Forever Yours Digital Original
ISBN-13: 9781455552184

$2.99; June 4, 2013
In SINS & NEEDLES  Ellie Watt is used to starting over. The daughter of a grifting team, Ellie spent her childhood being used as a pawn in her parents' latest scam. Now she's much older, wiser and ready to give her con artist life a rest. But returning to the dry desert town of Palm Valley, California means one more temptation than she bargained for - Camden McQueen. Once known as the high school weirdo, Camden is bigger and badder than the boy he used to be and a talented tattoo artist with his own thriving business. Ellie's counting on Camden still being in love with her but what she's not counting on is how easily unrequited love can turn into obsession over time. When Camden discovers Ellie's plan to con him, he makes her a deal she doesn't dare refuse, but her freedom comes with a price and it's one that takes both Ellie and Camden down a dangerous road.

ON EVERY STREET by Karina Halle
Publisher: Forever Yours Digital Original
Novella
ISBN-13: 9781455552207
$0.99; June 4, 2013
With her body and heart in a heated battle against her deep need for revenge, no one will walk away from this con a winner.

When young con artist Ellie Watt decides to call herself Eden White and go after the drug
lord who ruined her as a child, she never expects to fall for one of his henchmen. But Javier Bernal is no ordinary man. Subtly dangerous and overwhelmingly seductive, Eden finds herself passionately in love with Javier, the very person she's set-up to betray.



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