Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Splintered Lies by Karen Lopp | Author Interview and Giveaway

Kinky Vanilla Romance is pleased to share Splintered Lies by Karen Lopp. The book, a romantic suspense, was released May 21, 2014 by SilverTree Publishing. Big thanks to Karen Lopp for the interview!

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Karen will be awarding a $50 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour. Remember, the more you comment, the better your chances to win.

Splintered Lies by Karen Lopp

Detective Rissa Marten sacrificed her only chance for a normal life to put a drug lord behind bars. Now, her life in the shadows has to be brought to life to save the man she has secretly loved for years. With a price on her head can she risk letting him know?

Detective Jerah Qassem has built his career as an undercover agent in the dangerous world of drug cartels. But when a ghost from his past is resurrected can he overcome his bitterness in time to save her life?

Author Interview

How much of a story did you have in mind before you started writing Splintered Lies?
More than half.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) of Splintered Lies to write? Why?
That’s a tough one. I enjoyed the part where Jerah comes through for Rissa after he discovers her true identity and steps up to help her through the toughest part of her recovery.

What about your characters surprised you while writing the story?
In this part of the writing process I have to admit there are few if any surprises because I spend a lot of time with my characters in my head before I ever start writing the story.

Is there a message in your writing you want readers to grasp?
That love gives you a surprising amount of strength to preserver and overcome obstacles in life.

Why did you decide to branch out into contemporary suspense?
I wanted to write some story lines that just didn’t fit into historical times.

What is on your “keeper shelf” of books?
Lore of the Rings, Salvatore’s series of the dark elf, Georgette Heyer, Zane Gray and Louis L’Amoar are just a few. For the kid in me, I love John Erickson’s “Hank The Cowdog.”

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Getting that first great review from a stranger that enjoyed the journey of my characters.

What does your writing space look like?
LOL, if I must. It is a cluttered desk stuffed into a corner right next to a window so I can watch the birds play in our small fish pond. There is a stuffed filling cabinet next to the desk and an open thesaurus.

What project are you working on now?
I have two books in the works, another romantic suspense and my third western.

If you could travel in a time machine, would you go back to the past or into the future? Why? The past because I would love to experience some of the great achievements mankind has made.

Author Bio and Links

Stories have always been a part of my life, from books to tales passed down from my ancestors that brought history to life. Danger, struggles and the will power to overcome are all found in the rich legacy of my family tree. Inspiration from their lives inspired me to write what I love. Branching out to contemporary suspense has been another dream come true. I hope my stories bring you entertainment and inspiration.

I live in the heart of the southwest.

I love history of all times and places. And my second but equal love of suspense fills my books.

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  1. This story line would be tricky as an historical that's for sure.


    1. Yes it would have, but both genre's are fun to write.

  2. Thank you for having me on your blog today.

  3. The premise sounds exciting!


    1. It was exciting to write. I learned a few things along the way.

  4. I enjoyed the interview. I would also Time Travel to the past for the same reason.


    1. The past is so interesting I just couldn't pass it up.

  5. I really enjoyed your comments. I would love to be able to time travel for many reasons.

    1. Yes, there are lots of reasons I would like to time travel, just think of all the insights we'd gain.

  6. Nice interview. I've always wanted to be a time traveler but I'd also need a dose of immortality because one epoch of time just wouldn't be enough for me! Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.

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